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3 charged in fatal blast; work continues in devastated neighborhood



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Workers from Citizens Energy Group work at the site of an explosion late Saturday night in the Richmond Hill subdivision in Indianapolis, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


While workers continue to tear down their neighbors’ houses, many residents of the devastated Richmond Hill neighborhood have strung Christmas lights and hung up Colts horseshoes as they try to get their lives back to normal.

Workers have razed 14 homes in the southside neighborhood that were deemed unsafe to live in. The city has issued 22 demolition permits, but some of the homeowners still are working to arrange for contractors to do the work.

Whole rows of lots sit empty and fenced off near the blast site on Fieldfare Way, where a massive explosion killed Greenwood Southwest Elementary School teacher Jennifer Longworth and her husband, Dion Longworth, and caused about $4.4 million in damage to 90 homes.

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