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Authorities search for cause of deadly Indianapolis explosion

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By CHARLES WILSON
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two people are dead and dozens are displaced, as investigators continue to seek the cause of a Saturday explosion.

The explosion leveled at least two houses in an Indianapolis neighborhood and damaged as many as 30 beyond repair. Indianapolis fire officials say they don't know yet what caused the blast around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Citizens Energy said crews haven't found any signs of a gas leak.

Officials have not released the identities of the two people who were killed.

However, a candlelight vigil was held Sunday night at Southwest Elementary School in nearby Greenwood for second-grade teacher Jennifer Longworth. She and her husband, John Dion Longworth, lived in 1 of the homes destroyed in the blast.

WTHR-TV reported that friends, family and colleagues of the teacher gathered at the school.

Authorities said several people were evacuated to a nearby school and took their pets with them, but other animals are running loose there.

Indianapolis Metro Police Sgt. Christian Nielsen said several animals are displaced and at large. He said Animal Control was called in Sunday to round them up and will try to reunite them with their owners.

Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Angela Hiestand said the city's south side animal shelter will board pets for affected residents for 10 days free of charge.

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