Evacuees Picking Up the Pieces After Explosion
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. This past week's home explosion left multiple Grand Junction residents homeless and hundreds displaced out of evacuation precautions, some for days. Others who witnessed it say they're still shaken up by the traumatic incident.
For Michelle Stohr, rubble and charred remnants are all she sees outside her bedroom window.
"Every morning I'm like, can I just wish the house back? Can I just wish that their house was still there, that they were still there?" she said.
Each neighbor has their own story of what that day was like.
"When I saw that the addresses were 1752 and 1742, that was when it really it home for me," said Stohr.
Michelle Dukett-Cotts lives next door to Stohr. "The house exploded and the boys came running out, and they ran down into this yard. I just kind of held it together and tried to remain calm for the boys ... until it's over, and I get my sewing machine knees and shake, and let it go then," said Dukett-Cotts.
Their apartment complex was unscathed by flames, but days later they can still feel the explosion's impact.
"I'll deal with it until its fixed, I'll be fine," she said.
"Right now I don't have an oven, something happened with my oven. To look out my window or go outside and see the devastation it just makes you appreciate what we still have," said Stohr.
Dukett-Cotts says she is just thankful to be alive. "Grand Junction is amazing, it is amazing. I can't imagine a better community to live in," she said.
These special bonds are helping people pick up their lives, one piece at a time.
Both ladies were evacuated for three days. They could not say enough kind words about the people who helped them during the time, including firefighters, law enforcement and the Red Cross