Cause of Attica explosion still under investigation

ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) – As crews began to clean up the aftermath from the explosion of a vacant Attica building, business owner Jennifer Cunningham could see the charred rubble of the vacant building that once stood one door down from her business.

“It’s still in your mind, definitely. When you walk out the door and when clients see what’s going on down the street,” said Cunningham.

Vectren confirmed a natural gas leak was found under pavement of a street running along the property. Attica Fire Chief Ed O’Farrell said one theory is that gas from the leak was able to seep through a water line and into the basement of the building.

“The building had a basement in it, and the basement is always going to be the first place where the gas is going to collect. There were furnaces in the basement and the furnaces appeared to have exploded,” said O’Farrell.

O’Farrell said no one was in the building or injured at the time of the explosion, and said the cause of the explosion is yet to be released. More than 15 Vectren customers, including Cunningham’s business, were evacuated after the explosion.

A spokesperson with Vectren said that as of Wednesday evening, three customers were still not able to return home. O’Farrell said it’s just a precaution that will keep homeowners safe.

“We don’t know how long it’s going to take and we won’t let them back in their houses until the gas company gives them the okay to let that happen,” said O’Farrell.

Cunningham and the rest of her employees are back in her business, but she said she’s a little apprehensive.

“I was scared to come in today. Honestly, I still am a little nervous until it’s resolved completely.”

The owners of the vacant building could not be reached for comment.

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