Cause of apartment complex explosion believed to be accidental

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 19, 2014)—Investigators with the Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Monday they do not believe any criminal activity occurred in the explosion at a northwest side apartment complex.

Investigators said they would look into accidental causes for the Pangea Riverside Apartments explosion that left several residents displaced and six people injured last Thursday night. Two patients remain in the hospital and are listed in good condition.

Four students inside at the time of the explosion told authorities they smelled “dirty water” or “sewer gas” in the apartment prior to the explosion.

Over the weekend, structural engineers visited the site to determine stability of the building. Fire investigators and apartment management, along with their insurance company, hope to meet in the coming days to begin a joint investigation into the interior of the structure.

Utilities remain shut off for 10 units. Residents in eight of the units were able to enter their apartments and retrieve their belongings. However, four units have remained off limits. Those affected by the explosion are relocating to other housing, IFD said. They have the option of moving somewhere else or staying in temporary housing until other apartments open up at Pangea (the complex is currently full). Residents with renters insurance were working to secure temporary housing.

IFD said no investigators have been in the interior of the apartment yet.

Damage was initially estimated at $250,000.

Here’s how the apartment building looked Monday:

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