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Explosion kills two, displaces dozens in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An explosion and fire in Indianapolis has killed two people and damaged nearly three dozen homes.

Fire officials say two bodies were found during the night.

Firefighters have been going through burned and damaged homes one by one after putting out the fire that started after the explosion at about 11 p.m. Saturday.

Deputy Fire Chief Kenny Bacon also says seven people were taken to a hospital with injuries.

The victims' names have not yet been released.

Authorities are getting ready to allow some residents to return to their homes for belongings.

Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Angela Hiestand says residents of eight severely damaged homes will be escorted by police to their homes to pick up belongings by early afternoon. However, residents of 27 uninhabitable homes won't be allowed back in for now.

Hiestand says residents of undamaged homes will be allowed to reoccupy their homes Sunday night, but electricity will not be turned on.

The explosion Saturday night destroyed two houses that were side by side and spread fire to two other nearby homes.

Authorities say some evacuees have taken pets with them but other animals are running loose there.

The explosion Saturday night damaged or destroyed more than 30 homes, and residents have been evacuated.

Indianapolis Metro Police Sgt. Christian Nielsen says several animals are displaced and at large. He says Animal Control was called in Sunday to round them up and will try to reunite them with their owners.

Several people were evacuated to a nearby school and took their pets with them.

Hiestand says the city's south side animal shelter will board pets for affected residents for 10 days free of charge.

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