IFD: Criminal activity not suspected in west side explosion

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Officials said Monday morning they don’t believe any criminal activity occurred to cause an explosion on the west side of Indianapolis last Thursday.

According to a release from the Indianapolis Fire Department, based on preliminary information, investigators are looking at all accidental causes in connection to the explosion at the Pangea Riverside Apartments.

Fire officials say the apartments’ ownership took control of the building and established security measures at 1 a.m. Friday, shortly after the explosion late Thursday night. A structural engineer was brought out to the scene to determine stability.

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Crews worked over the weekend to support the rest of the building, a release said. In the next couple of weeks, investigators with IMPD and IFD, the apartment’s management and their insurance company will meet to start investigating the inside of the building.

Fire officials say utilities are still shut off to the entire 10-unit building. Residents of six of those units were able to go back inside of their units and get their belongings. Four apartment units are still off limits.

Six people were injured in the explosion. Officials say two patients who were taken to the hospital remain in good condition.

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