Moving forward: One week since explosion

By: Christy Dimond Email
By: Christy Dimond Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- One week after the home explosion that leveled two Grand Junction homes, victims and neighbors are adjusting to a new way of life.

The four men in the house that exploded and the five men in the home next door that caught fire are all in temporary housing for now. Some are staying in hotels while others have been staying with friends.

Community members have collected an assortment of items, from food to furniture, to help the men start to rebuild what was lost.

Kolby Gimmeson, who is still recovering from burns from the explosion, said reality has yet to sink in.

“I’m so shocked that was one week ago,” Gimmeson said. “Every time I go passed the house I just see fences behind it, I don’t even see the house there and I can’t see what it is now… I just have the memory of what is used to be.”

Nearby residents said they’re adjusting to close calls.

“Just every little thing, every small smell, it kind of freaks us out,” said neighbor Alicia Sawatzky.

Sam Rainguet, City of Grand Junction spokesperson, said anyone who smells gas or has problems with plumbing should call 911 so someone can come inspect the gas levels. Meanwhile, City and Xcel Energy crews are performing daily checks of the gas levels, which Rainguet said continue to dissipate.

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