Nightly News | November 12, 2012
>>> we shift our focus now to indianapolis where a mysterious explosion totally changed the landscape of an entire neighborhood over the weekend. you can see what the richmond hills subdivision south of the city looked like before 7:00 saturday night and post 11:00 p.m . saturday night, more on the story.
>> reporter: good evening, brian, a homeowner has told authorities that the faulty gas furnace in his home may be to blame. the family was not there when the explosion happened. until the investigation continues, some 200 people fled their home that night and had no idea what hit them. 11:00 on a saturday night, without warning an explosion so powerful it was heard miles away , rocks a middle class neighborhood. flames engulf several homes. residents say they thought a plane had crashed.
>> the windows were blown in, my daughter was under about you know, 12 panes of glass.
>> reporter: relatives say a couple living next door to the blast site were killed when their house was also destroyed. shocked and grieving last night, for jennifer longworth, a second grade teacher, and her husband, deon.
>> the primary blast site is where the investigators are now.
>> reporter: the public safety director gave us a close-up look at the damage, he says dozens are homes are inhabitable. how confident how now that this neighborhood is safe?
>> obviously, they are not safe, until we have the all-clear from code enforcement and director of homeland security .
>> reporter: the residents here were escorted to their homes, where they had an hour to salvage what they could.
>> i'm just not up for this. i'm a retiree, and with heart problems, and this is the last thing i needed.
>> reporter: officials at the gas company say they have not found any leaks in the system, nor were any reported in the days up until the blast. no cause known, brian.
>>> all right, ron allen , thank you.