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UPDATE: Heat restored to over 700 customers in Huntington, WV

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HUNTINGTON, WV -

UPDATE:

According to Cabell County 911  dispatchers, service has been restored to all customers in the Huntington, WV area.

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UPDATE:

For hundreds of Huntington residents, this chilly day has meant starting a fire and pilling on the blankets to keep warm.

"It's been hard. It's been cold," said Jennifer Sowards of Huntington, West Virginia. "We've just been trying to stay warm. You know, putting on extra socks, extra sweatshirts, keeping us doing out best."

Sowards is one of 700 Mountaineer Gas customers whose heat has been off all day.

"I have three space heaters going, which I realize is going to make my electric bill go through the roof but it's better than being cold," she said. "We've definitely have to take risks in order to stay warm." She has two young children, under the age of five.

Mountaineer Gas officials confirmed the gas outage but did not know the specifics of what caused the problem. Officials said crews have been working on the problem all day but it is a lengthy process since crews have to go into each individual home to relight the gas autopilot light and make sure the home is safe.

"For it to be the coldest day so far, it's really kind of nerve-racking," she said.

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ORIGINAL:

Mountaineer Gas is reporting that 700 customers are experiencing an outage along Route 10 in Huntington, WV. Crews are working to restore the gas right now by re-lighting individual homes and making sure it is safe to turn the gas back on.

The process is ongoing and started earlier today. Officials with Mountaineer Gas anticipate having the gas turned back on to most residents by 7 p.m. this evening. However, there is no guarantee that will occur.

On the coldest day of the season this may likely be a problem for many residents and businesses in that area.