Three people hospitalized after explosion in northeast Columbus

Emergency responders block State Route 161 near Ulry Road after a gas leak and explosion on Edge of Village on June 18, 2017. (Credit: Marcus Nichols/WBNS-TV)
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COLUMBUS - The Columbus Division of Fire said three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after an explosion at an apartment building in northeast Columbus.

Battalion Chief Steve Martin said the people were hurt in a six-unit apartment building in the 5800 block of Edge of Village near Blendon Woods Metro Park.

Martin said the building was the only one evacuated in the apartment complex.

Martin said natural gas may have been involved but investigators with the Columbus Division of Fire are still looking into the cause of the explosion.

Martin said there were no leaks in the lines from Columbia Gas.

The explosion happened downstairs and there was very little fire, according to Martin.

There is structural damage to the apartment building and it is not safe to live in according to Martin.

Martin said the explosion blew out a garage door, another door, and a window.

In a statement, Columbia Gas said:

"Our crews are assisting in the investigation of a reported explosion in the 5000 block of Edge of Village in Columbus. Our thoughts are with those who were injured. At this time, no determination has been made as to whether natural gas was involved. We have performed a thorough investigation of our lines from the street to the meter and confirmed our facilities are operating safely and normally. As a precaution, we are also inspecting all of our lines in the neighborhood. Our customers expect and deserve safe and reliable natural gas service."