Explosion destroys Ridgeland apartment unit
An explosion Saturday destroyed a large portion of an apartment building on Hagin Drive in Ridgeland.
The Ridgeland Fire Department and Jasper County Fire-Rescue responded around 5 p.m. after an electric water heater went through the roof “like a missile,” and landed in the front yard, Ridgeland Fire Department Capt. Bo Mathis said.
There were two people in the building at the time of the explosion. One was outside of the building when the fire department arrived. Another man was rescued from the second floor, Mathis said.
There were no life-threatening injuries, Mathis said.
It is believed the explosion was an accident. No foul play is suspected, according to Mathis.
Mathis said he’s seen similar explosions, but he’s “never seen one do that much damage.”
The building is not livable, according to the Ridgeland FD.
Crews were on the scene for 3.5 hours.
“They were very lucky; it could have killed anybody in the building and anybody passing by. The blast sent debris into the street," Mathis said.
The American Red Cross is assisting the families.