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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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  • EngineBoss

    Coming to a town near you… or maybe your town…..

    Folks this is happening way too often. Officers, freshen up your troops and go over these scenarios, theres a lot to choose from just over the past two years.

    Also a good reminder that even the simplest gas odor out or in can quickly escalate into something a lot more than the routine back in the station within an hour type of call.

  • PPFD

    This is about 45 minutes to an hour from my home.

    Really makes you think

    The pipe ran under I 77, all 4 lanes. The fire took out about 400 feet of an interstate highway.

    No deaths, only a couple of minor respiratory problems

  • Fire21

    Hmmmm, should I use a deuce and a half? Wonder if my monitor will reach that far? Are there any slurry bombers within reach? Ya think Boots and Coots would be willing to tackle this?