SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – When the sun came up Saturday morning, the scope of last night’s damage became clear. The city of Springfield is still visibly and understandably shaken up after Friday night’s explosion. Down on Worthington Street, building windows are blown out and the roof of a storage place partially collapsed,
Quick thinking by authorities to evacuate lead to not one person losing their life in the blast. Even Dennis Leger, executive aide to Springfield’s fire commissioner admitted to being rattled.
“Debris started passing me, hitting me in the back. I started running away from it. When I looked back, I saw the smoke from everything. It kind of reminded me of that powdery look from 9/11 everyone saw at the time.”
Leger said that 11 of the 14 firefighters who were on the scene at the time suffered burns or cuts to their faces, but are expected to be ok.
A total of 20 people were injured but are all expected to be ok.
During an earlier press conference, mayor Domenic Sarno said that in the wake of last year’s tornado and snowstorm he doesn’t want anyone pitying Springfield.
“People are very resilient. We’ve been through this before. We don’t want to continue to become experts on these things. The investigation continues to go on.”
Leger said this is still being treated like a crime scene, and of course folks are being told to stay out of the downtown area until it’s safe, as we are still trying to figure out what is the cause of the explosion.