Code Enforcement holds meetings for explosion victims

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Residents of a south side Indianapolis neighborhood displaced by Saturday night's explosion are learning about the rebuilding process.

The city's Department of Code Enforcement will be involved as homeowners deal with repairs or, in some cases, demolishing and rebuilding their homes.

See a slide show of images from the explosion site.

The blast destroyed five homes in the Richmond Hills subdivision and up to 30 may need to be demolished due to structural damage.

Some residents were allowed back into their homes Sunday to retrieve belongings, but that was only after structural engineers determined that it was safe for them to go inside. Some families are already being allowed to return home.

Other residents are staying in hotels because it's not safe for them to return home. While the Red Cross tells Eyewitness News that all of the homeowners are believed to have insurance, local officials say rebuilding will take time. Also, the investigation into what caused the explosion is still underway.

The Department of Code Enforcement will hold two meetings Monday to discuss walkthroughs of damaged structures to short- and long-term solutions for occupancy.

In addition to these two meetings, residents may always call the DCE hotline at (317) 327-8454 or email the department.

Meetings were schedule for 11:00 am and 6:00 pm at Southport Presbyterian Church, 7525 McFarland Boulevard, Indianapolis.

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