Demolition of homes begins: 33 Richmond Hill residences ordered razed after explosion

A big yellow excavator tore into the remains of a home near the Richmond Hill blast site, scooped up parts of a wall and dumped the debris into the bed of a truck.

That sight will grow increasingly common during the next month, with about a fourth of the homes in the far southside neighborhood slated to be razed.

Demolition began Tuesday, a little more than two weeks after a major explosion killed Jennifer and Dion Longworth and damaged dozens

of homes.

Various police and public safety agencies are conducting an investigation into what they believe was a criminal homicide case involving natural gas. About 30 investigators are sifting through the debris at four houses around the blast site, Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Rita Burris said.

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