Cause of apartment explosion unlikely for days

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The cause of an explosion that injured six people at an Indianapolis apartment Thursday night isn’t likely for days, Indianapolis Fire Department officials said Friday morning.

Four people taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital were released as of Friday morning. Two Marian University students who suffered more serious injuries were still hospitalized in the burn unit at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital Friday morning. They were expected to survive.

Marian University said four of the six people injured Thursday night were their students.

In all, 23 residents were displaced Thursday night. IFD officials said Friday that once utilities were restored, all but 12 residents would be able to return. The other 12 residents had significant damage to their apartments or live in what is being called the collapse zone.

IFD and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department have been limited in their ability to investigate due to the instability of the structure. Pangea Riverside Apartments was working with a structural engineer to get the building safe for investigators. Citizens Energy reported no readings of gas in the area following the blast. IFD, IMPD, the apartment complex, utility companies and insurance companies will work together to determine the cause of the explosion, but no additional details on the cause were expected until Monday at the earliest.

Security has been put in place outside the damage apartments.

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