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Photos show extent of damage after explosion at Carmel High School

CARMEL, Ind. – A maintenance worker and a contractor were injured in an explosion at Carmel High School on Wednesday.

Crews were called to the scene in the 500 block of E. Main St. at about 6:12 p.m.

One of the injured workers suffered severe burns, according to the city’s fire department. Both were transported to local emergency rooms, but their conditions are unknown at this time. No students were injured.

Fire officials believe the explosion came from a boiler room on the second floor of the northwest side of the school. Public Information Officer Tim Griffin says the workers were relighting heaters and that may have caused the blast. Foul play has been ruled out by investigators.

 

“It looks like the boilers weren’t – it looked like something had happened while work was being done to the school that caused what looks like to be some sort of gas explosion. That’s what they know and there will be an on-going investigation,” said Tim Griffin with the Carmel Fire Department.

Carmel Clay Schools says students who were in the building for various practices were evacuated to the stadium locker rooms, where they reunited with their parents. About 100 students were in the building at the time of the incident.

The fire was marked under control at about 6:47 p.m.

“We are thankful for our first responders and please keep the two men injured in your thoughts and prayers,” said the school district.

All activities at the high school are canceled until further notice.

Carmel's superintendent, Michael J. Beresford, released the following statement Thursday morning:

We are meeting with CFD this morning to assess damage and next steps – we will send out an update once we have evaluated the situation. Most important is that everyone is safe. It’s a miracle that the two injured men walked out of the building alive. Buildings can be fixed, the important thing is that our students, staff, and community members are going to be OK.