The cause of a deadly explosion on the South Side of Indianapolis on Saturday, November 10th is still under investigation. Public Safety Director, Troy Riggs said Monday morning that the suspected cause of the explosion is natural gas. Citizens Energy Group has been conducting test and checking gas lines for possible leaks.
The explosion occurred in the Richmond Hill subdivision sometime after 11pm on November 10th. The subdivision consists of 126 homes and Marc Lotter, spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, told the Los Angeles Times that “most” of the homes incurred some kind of damage. Police have blocked off the entrances and only those who live in the subdivision are allowed in. While the investigation continues, most residents have been allowed back into their homes to gather belongings.
A Greenwood Schools teacher and her husband are believed to have died in the blast. Seven others were injured, five homes destroyed and 80 were damaged. Thirty-one of those homes may need to be demolished.
Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins estimated the damage at $3.6 million.