UPDATE: WTHR has confirmed two fatalities. Both persons were occupants of the two homes destroyed by the initial explosion. Another five people have been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. At least 18 homes sustained significant damage from the explosion. Nearly 200 people have been forced from their homes as a result of the damage and the subsequent clean-up and recovery efforts. Officials have not yet confirmed if a natural gas leak caused the explosion. Fire officials have ruled out a plane crash, which some early callers had thought caused the explosion due to the proximity of the Richmond Hills subdivision to the Greenwood airport. The Red Cross is requesting monetary donations for those who wish to aid the victims. Dan Considine, a spokesman for Citizens Gas, says inspection of gas mains in the area have not revealed any leaks. The gas utility's personnel has not been able to gain access to the home where the explosion occurred yet. Citizens Gas had no record of prior reports of the smell of gas in the area of the explosion according to Considine.
|Aerial view of damage caused by the explosion taken the morning after (Indianapolis Star photo)|