Uncertainty clouds future for those displaced by south side explosion

10 families living in hotel

INDIANAPOLIS - Residents of the Richmond Hill neighborhood who were displaced by Saturday's deadly explosion are anxious for answers.

Some evacuees still don't know when they'll be able to go home, and if they'll even have a home left.

"At this point, we don't even know if I'm looking for something for short term while my house is fixed or long term while my house is destroyed and rebuilt," said Tony Burnett, whose house is across the street from "ground zero" of the explosion.

Burnett and his wife went from their custom-built dream home to a cozy room at the Quality Inn & Suites in Southport.

"Its a great place to spend a night or two, but it is just not home," said Burnett.

General Manager Jan O'Mara said the hotel is waiving laundry and pet fees for the 10 families displaced by the blast who are staying there.

"There's just not words," O'Mara said about the disaster. "It's just devastating to think that something like this could happen in your little community."

O'Mara said people showed up dazed, and in need of care, one even going into false labor.

"She did end up in the hospital, but they were able to help her," O'Mara said. "Her little sister was cut real bad stepping on glass, her legs and feet."

With the situation calming down, Burnett said their struggles are just beginning.

"It's like I'm starting over and I have no idea where to start," said Burnett.

Of the 29 homes damaged but not destroyed, IFD said 10 will likely need to be torn down.

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