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At least 2 hurt in Indianapolis apartment blast

INDIANAPOLIS – An explosion at an Indianapolis apartment complex sent six people to the hospital, two of them with burns, authorities said.

The explosion at the Pangea Riverside Apartments on the city’s Westside remained under investigation Friday. The blast was reported shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

Residents described a fireball and said the blast shook the building in a mix of apartments and town homes that primarily serves as off-campus housing for Marian University students.

Two people were taken to Eskenazi Hospital with slight burns and four others were taken to Indiana University Methodist Hospital as a precaution, Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith said.

Residents were evacuated from the building and placed on city buses to keep warm. A total of 23 residents were displaced, Reith said.

Several units were damaged. Battalion Chief Mike White said damage was estimated at $250,000.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. Residents told firefighters they smelled an odor like dirty water or sewer gas before the blast but could not find the source.

Reith said Citizens Energy crews did not find any readings of gas outside the structure.