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Community helps displaced explosion victims

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Alanna Autler Alanna Autler

The gas line explosion near Sissonville decimated five houses Tuesday, which means the blast left many families without a home.

But people within the community have tried to alleviate the stress for these victims.

Columbia Gas Transmission, the company that owns the gas line that exploded near Sissonville Tuesday, provided free lodging at the Sleep in the Mink Shoals area to those who lost their homes.

The company also issued these people meal vouchers, which they could use at the nearby Harding's Family Restaurant.

Local firefighters said giving back is the least anyone can do for their community.

"The way I see it, you need to give back to the community that was there for me when I was growing up," said Sturgill Lee Jones, a firefighter with Sissonville VFD.

"Sissonville is a pretty tight community. We try to help each other," said Chief Tim Gooch, also with Sissonville VFD.

Two teachers from Nitro High School also donated bags of clothes to the families, delivering them to the Sleep Inn.

Hotel employees said the teachers thought displaced teenagers could use warm clothes after losing all their belongings.