CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- NiSource Inc. is helping residents affected by a pipeline explosion in Sissonville buy new homes or repair homes that were damaged.
According to published reports, NiSource Inc. spokeswoman Chevalier Mayes said that the company cannot provide a total amount of the funding because it is still working with some residents.
A 20-inch line owned by NiSource subsidiary Columbia Gas Transmission ruptured on Dec. 11, triggering a massive fire that cooked Interstate 77. The explosion destroyed four homes and damaged several others but there were no serious injuries.
Shirley McMillion and her family plan to buy a new house, once they receive a check from NiSource. She would not say how much her family will receive.
"We got enough to pay off our old house, buy a new house, replace our vehicles and have a little bit left over," she told the newspaper.
McMillion said she and husband checked to make sure that their new house, which is about 3 miles from their old house, is not near a gas line.
"I don't like to dwell on it, but if it happened once, it can happen again," she said.
"There are days that it's all I can do to keep from crying," McMillion said. "But I try to keep a positive attitude and put this all behind me.