I returned to the scene of the Blast at Victory Auto Parts in Fitchburg Today:
The damage is more impressive in the light of day. The Blast took out the office on the left side of the building
Dropped bits of it
in the surrounding trees
And blew out windows in the house next door
As the building department meets with the owners (who normally would have been in that office that exploded).
The question became why a gas explosion in a building heated by oil?
it appears the leak came from an old capped off gas line, and the gas built up and was set off by something. The explosion being under the office would also explain why the blast didn’t kill or seriously injure the people actually in the business at the time of the blast.
The Boston Networks are all over the place
The Donut shop across the street is doing some business from the news people in town no word if Conquest video is as well.
My final report
So two business closed, perhaps permanently but all things considered given strength of the blast there are a lot more blessings to count than costs in the light of day.
According to Mayor Lisa Wong, the explosion broke every window in the Linwood Street home closest to the building, leaving its two occupants without a place to stay until the glass is cleaned up and the windows replaced.
Residents in the surrounding neighborhoods felt the force of the blast. Kristy Murphey, 23, was home dyeing her hair with her roommates when they felt the house move.
“We thought a car hit the house,” said Murphey’s roommate, Vanna Rawleigh, 28.
They ran outside to see what happened as a crowd gathered around the site.
The “car hit the house” was the common theme when talking to people about the event.