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Explosion at Carmel High School Injures Two People

Carmel Fire Department Public Information Officer Tim Griffin says it appears the explosion came from a boiler room on the second floor.

CARMEL, Ind.--Two maintenance workers were injured in an explosion at Carmel High School Wednesday afternoon.

Carmel Fire Department Public Information Officer Tim Griffin says it appears the explosion came from a boiler room on the second floor.

"It was an employee for the school and a contractor. They had done some work on heaters. They were re-lighting those heaters. Initial reports show that's might have what caused that explosion," Griffin said. 

Both workers were taken to a hospital for treatment. 

"Police and fire (departments) and the school worked together to make sure the school was evacuated. They've canceled all activities here. They had some places for the kids to be transported to down to the stadium for a safe place," Griffin said.  

Any students who were in the building for after-school activities were evacuated and reunited with parents. 

Carmel Athletic Director Jim Inskeep posted the following on Twitter.

 

Engineering crews from the city government are expected to visit the site Thursday to survey the damage and access the building's stability.   

The school is on winter break, but student athletes were in the school during the explosion. No students were physically hurt. 

A boys basketball game set for Thursday afternoon against Anderson and a girls basketball game set for Thursday night against Kokomo have been postponed. No dates set yet for rescheduling the games, which were to be played at the school.

(PHOTO: WISH TV)  

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