House demolitions continue from Indianapolis blast

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Officials say 16 houses have been torn down in the Indianapolis neighborhood devastated by last month's explosion that killed a couple.

Fifteen more houses face demolition orders because of the damage after a city hearing officer on Thursday rejected an insurance company's appeal seeking to salvage one of the houses.

No criminal charges have been filed from the Nov. 10 explosion that officials estimate caused more than $4 million damage in the Richmond Hill subdivision on the city's far south side.

The Indianapolis Star reports city officials lifted demolition orders for two houses after the owners submitted repair plans.

City code enforcement department spokesman Al Ensley tells WISH-TV that the agency is trying to be flexible with homeowners and insurance companies.


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