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Helping homeowners affected by south side explosion

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INDIANAPOLIS -

As investigators look for a cause into last Saturday's deadly explosion on the south side of Indianapolis, residents whose homes were damaged can get help Friday, everything from getting a license replaced to filing insurance.

Organizers call it "one stop shopping": nearly a dozen agencies will be at Southport Presbyterian Church over the next two days to give Richmond Hill homeowners resources to start putting their lives back together.

It's impossible to imagine the week they've been through. Those homeowners were caught completely off guard when in a horrific flash, some lost their homes, while others are trying to make repairs.

As the week progresses, more and more homeowners boarded up windows as contractors stabilize the homes. As many as 32 homes are considered to have "major structural damage".

Some homeowners are collecting what they can and moving it out.  All of them have questions about what happened.

Robert Stevenson lives in the Richmond Hill subdivision, "It's really not knowing what was the cause and why it happened, you know, that sort of thing."

Southport Presbyterian Church has been the center for relief efforts for homeowners. They will be open Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at their location at 7525 McFarland Boulevard.

Representatives from the American Red Cross, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Department of Insurance, Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security, Marion County Public Health Department, Animal Care and Control, Citizens Energy Group, Indianapolis Power and Light and the Department of Code Enforcement will be on hand to help those homeowners.

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