SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – While state, local, and gas company investigators continue to look into what happened Friday night, the city has announced that at least three buildings are uninhabitable.
At a press conference Saturday afternoon, it was announced that 42 buildings were damaged, including three that were condemned and 24 that were given caution warnings.
Amongst those buildings, about 150 residential units were damaged, displacing their occupants. The city will be looking to move some of those people back in as early as Monday or Tuesday.
Until those moves can take place, residents who need help are urged to head to 436 Dwight Street from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
Those needing assistance can also call the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Red Cross at (413) 737-4306 or the Salvation Army at (413) 733-1518.
Meanwhile, Columbia Gas continues to investigate the cause of a devastating explosion Friday evening at Scores gentleman’s club on Worthington Street.
The company and the city are still in what they describe as “monitoring mode,” adding that no gas services have been shut off to surrounding areas.
Columbia Gas says that there are no findings of concern in the perimeter of the blast. Still, workers are surveying the area with walking and driving surveys, keeping an eye on gas levels.
MEMA is working to find federal resources for assistance.
Business owners are urged to call (413) 787-6020 with questions.