A house explosion and fire in a south Indianapolis Saturday night killed two people and damaged 80 homes, news sources report.
Officials are still investigating why the explosion occurred in the Richmond Hill subdivision. Marc Lotter, spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, told the Los Angeles Times that "most" of the homes in the 126-home subdivision were damaged in some way.
Two homes were flattened, while more than two dozen others were destroyed completely. The entire neighborhood was forced to evacuate, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Two adults were killed, and seven other residents were sent to the hospital. Indianapolis Fire Department officials have not yet ruled out any cause for the blast, CNN reported.
"It was like a war zone," neighborhood resident Whitney Pflanzer told the Indianapolis Star. "It was silent after that. And it was dark and dusty, and I thought it was a nightmare -- it was a nightmare." Pflanzer and her husband were in bed when the explosion blew out their windows and collapsed their ceiling, she said.
Initial property damages estimates exceeded $3.6 million. Lotter told the Los Angeles Times that 30 homes have been deemed uninhabitable and would have to be demolished or extensively repaired.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation to determine if arson was a possible cause, CNN reported.