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Up to 31 homes devastated by deadly Indianapolis blast

CHARLES WILSON and RICK CALLAHAN
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This aerial photo shows the two homes that were leveled and the numerous neighboring homes that were damaged from a massive explosion that sparked a huge fire and killed two people on Sunday in Indianapolis. Nearly three dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, and seven people were taken to a hospital with injuries, authorities said Sunday.

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Authorities say a loud explosion has leveled two homes in Indianapolis and set four others ablaze in a neighborhood, causing several injuries. Capt. Rita Burris with the Indianapolis Fire Department told The Associated Press that firefighters are still working to put out the flames after the explosion about 11 p.m. Saturday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Officials say as many as 31 homes were damaged so badly in a blast that killed two people in Indianapolis that they may have to be demolished.

Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins estimated the damage at $3.6 million.

Deputy Fire Chief Kenny Bacon told reporters Sunday investigators haven't ruled out any possible causes of the late-night blast that was heard miles away.

But a congressman who represents the Indianapolis neighborhood says investigators have ruled out a bomb or a meth lab.

U.S. Rep. Andre Carson said he had received that report from Homeland Security officials during a tour of the devastated middle-class subdivision.

Residents described a loud boom that shook their homes, blew out windows and collapsed ceilings.

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