By Janette Neuwahl, The Miami Herald

A 12-year-old girl suffered serious injuries in an explosion Friday inside the laundry room of an apartment complex in Lauderdale Lakes.

The girl, who has not yet been identified, had just put quarters into a gas-powered dryer at around 12:30 p.m. in the laundry room on the first floor of the Royal Palm Apartments at 3001 NW 35th Avenue.

The dryer cycle had just started when the blast hit, according to Capt. David Erdman of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire-Rescue.

Fire-rescue workers evacuated 20 residents from the first and second floors of the building as inspectors investigated the cause of the explosion.

Residents said they smelled natural gas following the incident.