W.Va. gas explosion burns five homes, shuts down highway
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says flames shot 50 to 75 feet high before the fire was put out around 2 p.m.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says flames shot 50 to 75 feet high before the¬†fire¬†was put out around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. He says it's not yet clear whether anyone has been hurt.
Sissonville¬†Fire¬†Chief Tim Gooch says patients at a nursing home not far from the blast near Sissonville are safe.
Gooch says all the burning structures appear to be residential. He says the heat and¬†fire¬†were so intense that firefighters couldn't immediately get close.
State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous says the blast occurred about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday. Crews were working to shut off the pipeline.