Survivors of Indianapolis neighborhood explosion thankful this Thanksgiving despite tragedy

Criminal investigation on hold for holiday

INDIANAPOLIS - While some have lost their homes and many others a sense of security, survivors of the Indianapolis neighborhood explosion say they're thankful this holiday.

Even on Thanksgiving, police stood guard at the entrance to the Richmond Hill subdivision, 12 days after two people were killed and dozens of homes damaged by a blast police believe was intentionally set.

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Residents Matt and Jessica Lytle have spent the last week and a half trying to get the house they grew up in back in order.

"We can't start anything until we get an engineer to confirm that it is livable still, so there is still a chance that it could be torn down," Jessica Lytle said.

Officials said Wednesday that 29 homes will be demolished in the coming days, with four others meeting the same fate once the criminal investigation concludes.

The aftermath of the Nov. 10 explosion has been unreal for residents.

"We have these huge stadium lights, so it's like its daytime 24/7," Jessica Lytle said. "It's almost like they are filming a movie almost."

But instead of dwelling on the negative, survivors like the Lytles focused Thursday on what they have to be grateful for, despite the tragedy.

"I am just thankful that my family is OK and that most people in this neighborhood are OK," Matt Lytle said.

"The only thing that really matters is family," Jessica Lytle said. "Material things can be replaced, and it just doesn't really matter that much."

Authorities said the criminal investigation was on hold for the holiday.
 

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