Fire Blast In Indianapolis Kills Two; Hundreds Evacuated

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By Sreeja V N | November 11, 2012 8:45 PM EST

At least two people were killed and several others were injured Saturday late night following a massive fire explosion in the U.S. city of Indianapolis.

Two houses were completely blown up, while several houses in vicinity were impacted by the engulfing flames displacing hundreds at Field Fair Way and Towhees Drive in the city, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The cause for the explosion that occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday is not yet known. Investigators are looking at the possibility of natural gas explosion as a line of inquiry, as there were reports of strong odor of natural gas near the area.

 The details of victims are not released by the authorities.

 Two houses exploded sparking fires in the adjacent houses, Lt. Bonnie Hensleya spokeswoman for the Indianapolis Fire Department told Chicago Tribune.

"It looks like a war zone here right now," Hensley said.

 Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard who visited the affected area dismissed the possibility of a plane crash triggering the explosion.

"It was so strong that it clearly had an effect for blocks. We're going to need some comforting in the next few days," the mayor said.

The fire has damaged a dozen homes and about 2000 people have been evacuated to a nearby school, while many others in the affected area shifted to their friends and families homes. The people sleeping in their homes were caught unawares and most of them fled their houses in pyjamas and night wears with their pets.

The fire was brought under control by Sunday early morning. Police has cordoned off the area and has barricaded the access points to the locality. 

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