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Russell Springs business taking donations for gas line explosion victims

Mike and Gail Berry lost everything except the clothing they were wearing when a gas line ruptured and their home was destroyed in the ensuing blast.

Photo by Michael Clinkscales and Kate Davis

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Ground that would normally be brown this time of the year is black all around parts of Ky. 76 in the Knifely community of Adair County. Very little is left of what used to be home of Mike and Gail Berry.

“They lost everything. I mean, imagine waking up and not even having a toothbrush,” said Wanda Vonfumtti.

A boom woke the Adair County couple up and they soon knew they had seconds to get out.

“They heard rocks falling. Still didn’t know what was going on. And then all of a sudden, their windows started exploding out, said Vonfumutti, who works with Berry's sister at Lifeline in Russell Springs and launched a donation drive Friday.

“They have nothing. I mean nothing. You start with zero,” she said.

It didn’t take long for blankets, pillows, and gift cards to arrive.

Ky. 76 has since re-opened to traffic, but the area around the crater is still a very active scene. Dozens of Columbia Gulf officials, security guards, and utility line workers could be seen in an around the blast site Friday afternoon.

Columbia Gulf officials say it could be months before they know what caused the explosion but they say above and beyond will be done for the victims of the blast, and the community still dealing with it.

Vonfummetti says the Berry’s have immediate needs that need taken care of.

“They walked out without anything. In pajamas. Grabbed the purse and cell phone, went out, vehicles on fire. Had to walk down the road,” she said.


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