There are six apartments in the building and one of them was vacant, Jones said. One resident on Monday said she believed the explosion originated in the vacant apartment, but Jones was unsure, saying he wanted to wait until the investigation was complete.
Two Middletown fire officials were on the scene Tuesday morning continuing their investigation into the cause of the explosion that injured one resident, ripped off the roof and sent flying debris into the parking lot severely damaging at least two parked vehicles.
One female resident was treated at Atrium Medical Center, according to fire officials.
Assistant Fire Chief Tom Snively said it was “very fortunate” no one was seriously injured or killed in the incident.
Snively called the incident an “obvious explosion” but did not specify what caused it and said the investigation could take “some time.”
Four calls were made to Middletown 911 operators Monday morning. One caller said he saw smoke coming from the area, and another caller said the apartment “was totally gone.”