Blast rips through maintenance shed in Reynoldsburg (UPDATE)

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Residents at the Century City Apartments said they heard multiple explosions just after 9 p.m. before the fire broke out.

Witnesses said the roof of a maintenance shed caught fire and flew off after one of the explosions. It was so intense, the blast shattered numerous windows.

The blast not only damaged 45 of the apartments 288 units, the Red Cross said four single-family homes were damaged nearby as well as a business behind the apartment.

None of the residents were injured.

The Truro Township Fire Department, along with Columbus Fire, is trying to determine the cause.

Columbia Gas of Ohio issued the following statement about the explosion:

Columbia Gas of Ohio crews assisted the Truro Township Fire Department, the City of Columbus Fire Department and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in the investigation of an explosion that occurred last night at 6300 Century City in Reynoldsburg.

We conducted a thorough investigation of our natural gas main and service lines that serve the Century City apartments and confirmed they are safe.

Based on our investigation, our natural gas main lines and service lines were not the source of this incident.

We will continue to support the Truro Township Fire Department, the City of Columbus Fire Department and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as they complete their investigation.

Once residents are safely allowed back into their units we will restore gas service to the 36 customers affected.

The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter in Reynoldsburg to assist those affected by an explosion.

Red Cross workers will be providing warm meals and a safe place to sleep for those affected.

The shelter will be located at 610 Lancaster Avenue in Reynoldsburg at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Anyone heading to the shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Proof of residence
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

The property manager would not comment on whether it was providing alternate housing for those displaced.