2 injured in South Side apartment explosion, cause unknown
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2 injured in South Side apartment explosion, cause unknown

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Rescue crews responded to the scene of an explosion at a South Side apartment complex at 3100 3rd Ave. S. around 9:45 p.m. Friday night.

According to BPD Lt. Brian Krivitz, two people were injured and taken to the hospital with burn injuries of unknown severity. The cause of the explosion is unknown.

The apartment building, also known as the Battleship Apartments, was cleared after the incident, and authorities were waiting for a Montana-Dakota Utilities employee to turn off the gas.

The whole block of Third Avenue South remained blocked off Friday night, and the apartment building will remain evacuated as authorities are unsure of the structure's stability.

The American Red Cross has been called to help with displaced residents, Krivitz said. The Billings Fire Marshal will investigate the incident.

Devin Barth was standing outside his brother’s apartment, located in the complex, when the explosion happened.

“I saw the glass from the door shoot into the road and I felt the blast,” Barth said.

Relatives live close by, he said, so his brother will have a place to stay while authorities continue investigating.

Apartment residents Holly and Mario McKeen also heard the blast as well and said it sounded like a tree hitting the roof.

Billings firefighters, police and AMR responded to the scene.

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