CHANDLER, AZ — Investigators have determined an explosion at a Chandler strip mall that left several people injured last week was accidental.
“The findings by the ATF National Response Team and investigative partners determined that the explosion was caused by an unintentional natural gas leak ignited by an independent ignition source,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Gabriel Pinon said in media release on Tuesday.
The incident was said to be accidental, and no criminal activity was found.
Chaindler business explosion caused by accidental gas leak, investigators say
Chandler Fire Department crews responded to the scene around 9:45 a.m. near Rural and Ray roads on Thursday, Aug. 26, and found the roof collapsed and fire burning at a printing shop in the center.
Four people were inside at the time, fire officials confirmed and suffered serious injuries. All four are still receiving treatment as of Tuesday, according to a press release.
Valleywise Health says the four victims suffered burn injuries to as much as 30% of their bodies.
Three of the four, identified as 29-year-old Dillion Ryan, 39-year-old Andrew Ryan, and 29-year-old Parker Milldebrandt, were present inside Platinum Printing at the time of the explosion. The fourth individual, identified as 58-old Glenn Jordan, was inside the Eyeglass Repair business to the west.
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