Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says federal investigators are helping with the investigation into Saturday‘s house explosion that killed two people and injured two others on the South side of Indianapolis.
Riggs says Indianapolis agencies are looking into whether it‘s gas line related. Citizens Gas Spokesman Dan Considine says initial indicators don’t point to any gas leak, however, they‘re continuing to probe the scene.
“We‘re trying to determine if there‘s any gas in the ground that would indicate a leak,” Considine says. “Thus far, we have not found any leaks in the area.”
The city is estimating the damage at about $3.6 million dollars. Riggs says it‘ll take days before some families are able to return to their homes and it‘s ultimately up to the Department of Codes Enforcement to decide who returns to their homes and when.
Mayor Spokesman Marc Lotter says out of 126 homes in the area, 38 are inhabitable. He says the city will make sure assistance is provided to the homeowners.
“The Department of Code Enforcement will work with the insurance companies and the affected homeowners to make sure that they can stabilize the homes that can be stabilized,” Lotter says. “Obviously do anything we can to assist those that are being demolished.”
Damage includes blown out windows, ripped out garage doors and walls blown off homes. The blast destroyed two houses and two others were destroyed by the resulting fire.
More than 200 people were evacuated from their homes Saturday night.