SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Continuing our coverage of that massive natural gas explosion Friday night. Our 22News Springfield Skycam captured the explosion in Springfield.
22News has new information and audio of some frantic calls for help.
"Worthington command we had a large explosion on Worthington Street, we have gas workers down send many ambulences to get down here." "All companies we have an explosion on Worthington Street. Respond to Worthington street proceed with caution." That audio is from the Springfield Fire Department scanner
and courtesy of radioreference.com.
22News reporter Ryan Walsh and photographer Brian Reardon were standing at the corner of Worthington and Chestnut Streets at 5:25pm on Friday night when that explosion on Worthington Street happened. Just about 100 yards away from Scores Gentlemen's Club or what used to be Score's. After we got up and made sure everyone was safe, we walked down to a safer spot and got back live on 22news just about 2 minutes later.
Five days later all that's left is rubble and pieces of the buildings. Part of the Score's sign, dancer's clothes, shoes, a dictionary and a toy car from the Square One Day Care center. It's unclear if that building can be saved.
"We're not allowing anyone to have access to even remove files or anything else that goes with it until we get a structural engineer in there to look at it", says Springfield's Deputy Director of Code Enforcement Dave Cotter.
People in surrounding apartments are beginning to move back home, but more than 20 apartments in two buildings on Chestnut Street remained condemned.
"We did get some families that were able to move back in, we're working with the management company now", says Cotter.
Wednesday Chestnut Street opened to traffic and Cotter told 22News he hopes to have Worthington between Chestnut and Spring open by the end of the week.