Moscow fire officials say backdraft caused apartment explosion

Moscow fire officials say backdraft caused apartment explosion

Fire officials in Moscow say that an undetected fire, along with a number of other conditions, caused a backdraft on January 19 in the Elysian apartment building at 5th and Blaine.

The fire, according to Moscow Fire Chief Ed Button, had been burning in the attic for an unknown period of time and went undetected by building residents.

The explosion, which happened early on January 19, was caused by a combination of heat, smoke, carbon monoxide gas and the insulation in the attic, which created the conditions needed for a backdraft, essentially a smoke explosion.

No one was injured in the blast, but the building was so heavily damaged by the explosion that it will have to be razed.

The investigation into the Elysian apartment fire and explosion is ongoing.