Evansville- After a two month investigation, investigators have determined the cause of the Weinbach Ave. explosion.
State officials along with Evansville Fire provided an update Wednesday morning. After investigating, a gas line was found leaking with the valve left open. What could have caused the spark that lit the gas was not disclosed, though foul play is not expected. The explosion has been ruled accidental.
CenterPoint Energy released the following statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those affected by the Aug. 10 incident at 1010 N. Weinbach Avenue. We also want to express our appreciation to the Indiana State Fire Marshal, Evansville Fire Department, Evansville Police Department and all personnel who assisted with the investigation. Following the incident, CenterPoint Energy conducted various tests on its system and outside the surrounding area in the 1000 block of North Weinbach Avenue, indicating no issues. CenterPoint Energy shared its data and fully cooperated with the Indiana State Fire Marshal and additional agencies in its investigation. The State Fire Marshal’s report released today further supports the company’s findings, determining that an accident inside the house, independent of CenterPoint Energy’s system, was the cause of the incident. CenterPoint Energy is committed to protecting our employees, contractors, systems, customers and the public. Our goal is to deliver electricity and natural gas safely to the communities we serve.”
The explosion left many without their homes and claimed the life of three people.