Deadly gas grill explosion ruled accidental

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NOBLESVILLE – The gas grill explosion that killed a man at a Noblesville church was an accident, investigators say, caused by the accumulation of propane gas.

On Monday evening, Doug Gripp died in the parking lot of Grace Community Church. According to investigators, propane gas accumulated around the side burner and a large warming compartment. When Gripp went to light the grill, a spark ignited the gas and caused the explosion. The gas that had accumulated in the warming compartment forced the door to open quickly, striking Gripp and killing him.

He was the owner and operator of the custom-made grill. Investigators inspected the grill for prior damage and leaks in pipe junctions or fittings. They determined that the fittings were operating properly.

Gripp was volunteering at a church event when it happened.

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Doug Gripp

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