Indianapolis, Indiana Explosion – Details Remain Sketchy, Natural Gas Not Ruled OutNov 12th, 2012 | By fjgallagher | Category: Lead Articles, Natural Gas Explosions
Two people are presumed dead and seven more were injured in the incident, which occurred in the city’s southside Richmond Hill neighborhood.
Several federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the National Transportation Safety Board, are currently on-site investigating the explosion, in addition to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the Indinapolis Police Department and the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Many area residents immediately suspected natural gas as the source of the blast, but investigators have not yet stated what caused the explosion.
Natural gas service in the area is provided by Citizens Energy Group.
Dan Considine, a spokesperson for Citizens Energy Group, said the cause of the blast remains undetermined.
Citizens Energy Group released this statement following the explosion:
The Citizens Energy Group team is saddened by the tragic loss of two lives, other injuries and the extensive property damage that occurred on Fieldfare Way on the south side of Indianapolis last night.
Citizens is participating in a joint investigation at the site of the incident with the Indianapolis Fire Department, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
Upon arriving at the scene early this morning, Citizens personnel shut off the gas main along Fieldfare Way. An initial survey of gas mains throughout the neighborhood has not identified any gas leaks.
Citizens is currently participating in the initial stages of an investigation of the incident site.
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