Explosion Shakes Loudoun County Apartment Building

Residents forced from homes after fire and explosion

By Arlene Borenstein
|  Thursday, Aug 11, 2011  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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A witness and police official describe the scene after an explosion at a Loudoun County apartment complex.

A witness and police official describe the scene after an explosion at a Loudoun County apartment complex.

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Residents of an apartment building in Sterling, Va., were shaken Thursday morning after an explosion inside their building.

Just before 8:30 a.m., Loudoun County firefighters responded to the 46000 block of Ingomar Terrace. Fire crews said a water tank may have exploded on the third floor and at least eight units, on varying floors, suffered water damage.

The residents living in those apartments are now displaced. The Red Cross is assisting them.

At some point, a fire also started in the building, but there is still no word on the cause. Fire officials are now investigating.

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