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Fires and explosions make headlines in the U.S. every day. They’re unavoidable.

Set a Google alert for the term “gas line explosion” or “apartment fire,” and your inbox will be inundated with updates.

Here are two news items that made headlines in Indiana during the last week of 2018:

Gas line explosion hurts 2 in northern Indiana

From, Fort Wayne, Indiana: Two people were hurt in an Indiana gas line explosion Dec. 29 in Poneto, a town of about 150 people in northern Indiana.

Information on the identities and conditions of the two people injured in the Indiana gas line explosion has not been released. Officials said both people were transported to a burn center in Fort Wayne.

Bluffton Police Department sent multiple fire departments to an address in the 6700 block of South Meridian Road. The location is a rural homestead a short distance south of Poneto.

Firefighters remained on the scene of the Indiana gas line explosion for at least seven hours.

A ruptured propane line on a wall-mounted heater is believed to have caused the Indiana gas line explosion.

Carmel High School explosion injures 2 workers

From Indianapolis Star: Classes at Carmel High School in suburban Indianapolis are expected to resume next week as planned after a mechanical-room explosion damaged the building and injured two maintenance workers during winter break.

In an email to students and parents on Monday, superintendent Michael Beresford said he’s “optimistic” the building will be ready for students to return next Tuesday.

“We still have much to accomplish, but we have a great team working hard to make it happen,” Beresford said.

The district was replacing a gas line during maintenance to a boiler on Dec. 26 when a gas explosion occurred on the second floor, injuring two people and starting a small fire on the roof, according to the Carmel Fire Department.

Routine maintenance

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security said workers were doing routine service and a “natural gas leak occurred, leading to an explosion during the reigniting process.”

A Carmel High School maintenance employee and a contractor were taken to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, one with severe burns. Beresford said Monday that both men are still in the hospital but receiving treatment and improving.

Damage to roof

The day after the blast, fire department officials posted photos on Facebook showing extensive damage to a portion of the massive school’s roof and rubble filling stairwells and part of a gym.

Progress has been made in repairing the building since the incident. Workers were able to restore heat and power to most of the building, with the exception of some damaged areas, Beresford said. Temporary heat will be used to avoid further weather-related damage such as freezing pipes. Work has been completed to cover exposed areas of the roof, Beresford said.

The school will remain closed until all construction areas have been sectioned-off, fenced and barricaded, Beresford said.

Trauma counseling

Beresford said during an earlier news conference that there were about 100 people in the building at the time of the explosion. Students were evacuated to the stadium’s locker rooms, where they could be picked up by parents.

On Monday, Beresford said people who were in the building when the explosion occurred or had loved ones in the building “have experienced trauma.” Counseling will be available to help students when they return to school.

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