The owner of one of the buildings destroyed in a weekend explosion that killed two people and rocked a section of Indianapolis indicated that a furnace could be at fault, it was reported Monday.
John Shirley, 50, of Noblesville, Ind., told the Associated Press that his daughter sent him a text message last week complaining that the furnace in the home where she lives with her mother and her mother's boyfriend had gone out and required them to stay at a hotel. Shirley co-owns the house with his ex-wife.
Shirley, who could not be independently reached, also told the news service that his daughter said the furnace had been fixed. He said he hadn’t heard from his daughter until Sunday morning, after the explosion hours earlier.
“I get a text from my daughter saying, 'Dad, our home is gone.' Then I called my ex-wife and she said what happened,” Shirley said.