- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana woman was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging that she caused a house explosion by partially filling the home with gas during a suicide attempt.

Michelle Ellenberger, 51, of Granger, is charged with three felony counts of arson resulting in bodily injury and one felony count of criminal mischief stemming from the June 19 explosion that injured her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend and a police officer.

Ellenberger was attempting to kill herself at the home by overdosing on tranquilizers, running two vehicles in a garage and turning on the gas from a stove, court documents filed Monday said. A gas supply line in the basement had also been unscrewed, causing gas to leak into the basement.

When Ellenberger’s daughter came home with her boyfriend, they found Ellenberger passed out on a couch, documents said. When the daughter went to turn off the gas coming from the stove, an explosion blew out a kitchen wall and caused the ceiling to collapse, court documents said.

All three people escaped the home after it caught fire, but Ellenberger’s daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend were injured in the explosion, and a St. Joseph County police officer responding to the blast was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and effects from the heat.

Ellenberger acknowledged trying to kill herself to medical personnel and expressed concern that she had harmed others, documents said.

A judge ordered Ellenberger to be held at the St. Joseph County Jail in South Bend on $10,000 cash bond and to not contact any of the victims of the explosion.

Online court records did not list an attorney who might comment on Ellenberger’s behalf.

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