Raw video: Gas explosion & fire in Sissonville, West Virginia. Homes burning.

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Video on this page shared by RodneyandMarissa Loftis who live near the explosion site.

Thanks to STATter911.com readers  Tim Pridemore and Chris Grimes for the alert on this story.

The Charleston Gazette:

An apparent explosion and massive gas line fire in Sissonville has closed Interstate 77 northbound and southbound at the Tuppers Creek exit.

Just before 1 p.m., the fire was said to have crossed the interstate itself. A photo taken by Kanawha County Emergency Services shows stories-tall flames covering both northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate.

Metro 911 was reporting several buildings on fire and dispatchers were calling multiple emergency responders.

Crews apparently extinguished the fire just before 2 p.m. but a large amount of fumes remain in the air, said Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper.

WSAZ-TV:

According to Metro 911, people in the area are being asked to shelter in place after a major gas explosion has been reported in Sissonville.

Sissonville Elementary is not being evacuated, but sheltering
in place.

Emergency crews at the scene tell WSAZ.com that the gas line has been capped. 

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