An explosion sparked a fire and destroyed about three dozen houses, killing two people, in an Indianapolis neighborhood Saturday night, authorities said Sunday.
The explosion occurred at roughly 11 p.m. on Saturday in a neighborhood on the south side of Indianapolis, CBS News reported. The explosion destroyed two neighboring houses and caused a fire that spread to nearby houses, killing two people.
As a precaution, Citizens Energy shut off gas to all the houses in the neighborhood, reported WLFI Channel 18 News. As of Sunday morning the company had received no reports of the odor of gas in the neighborhood and no gas leaks had been discovered, an official said.
About 200 residents took refuge in a nearby elementary school, CBS News reported. Most eventually went to stay with relatives, but about 15 to 20 stayed the night at the school.
Officials patrolled the neighborhood during the night and said they are expecting more fatalities, reported WLFI Channel 18 News.