Apparent explosion, Fire Rocks Home under construction in Arlington Viridian community – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

An apparent early morning explosion caused by a gas appliance left on destroyed at least one townhouse under construction in Arlington and damaged several others nearby.

The Arlington 911 center received numerous calls about an explosion and fire near the 4100 block of Viridian Village Drive very early on Saturday.

Arlington Fire Rescue teams found evidence of an explosion with a small fire in an unoccupied building that had suffered extensive structural damage.

Photos on social media showed flames and rubble between the buildings. Debris littered the road and the area in front of a nearby building.

Explosion and Fire Rocks Viridian Complex under construction in Arlington

Photos shared with NBC 5 on Saturday show damage to surrounding buildings.

Engineers at the construction company will examine the damaged building to determine what needs to be done to make sure the affected area is safe to enter, according to the Arlington Fire Department.

Initial investigation shows that this was the result of a gas appliance not completely extinguished. The Arlington Fire Department says it has no reason to believe residents with gas appliances should be alarmed, but it is important that all gas appliances be completely turned off when not. used.

According to Atmos Energy, technicians verified that the system was operating as intended and found no indication that the system was involved.

Teams from the city of Arlington, Viridian and Atmos are working to clean up the affected area.

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