SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Margaret Johnson placed a "For Sale" sign in front of her home Thursday.
Although NiSource officials say her house on Sissonville Drive is safe, Johnson said the thought of sleeping there after Tuesday's massive gas line explosion and fire is overwhelming.
"My sense of security in my home has been taken away," said Johnson, 60, whose home is about 1,000 yards from where the blast occurred.
Several people received minor injures, but the blast and resulting fires destroyed about five homes, burned others and engulfed a large section of Interstate 77, melting asphalt and guardrails.
Johnson and about 20 of her neighbors have been staying at the Sleep Inn on Pennsylvania Avenue, next to Harding's restaurant, since the explosion.
She spent Thursday afternoon talking to officials from the gas company and trying to convince them to sign a piece of paper confirming her house was safe.
"No one would sign it," Johnson said. "They all told me they weren't the right person to do that."
Bruce Reynolds, a senior land agent with NiSource, was at Johnson's house Thursday,
"I hope it will never be repeated. It was an accident," Reynolds told Johnson. He gave Johnson his cell phone number and told her to "call me anytime."
Johnson was home Tuesday afternoon when the blast occurred. She, like many others in the neighborhood, thought a plane was crashing in her front yard.
"I heard glass breaking and then this god-awful roar -- I can still hear it in my ears," she said. "I don't think I'll ever forget that sound."