December 11, 2012
Robert Wojcieszak photo

Emergency vehicles from every agency aailable line the roadway of Route 21 in between Sissonville, W.V., and Pocatalico, W.V., Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012, after a natural gas line explosion. At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly burned section of the expressway in West Virginia was closed after a natural gas line exploded in an hour-long inferno.

Robert Wojcieszak photo

The remains of a residential structure is leveled and burning after a natural gas line explosion Tuesday afternoon Dec. 11, 2012 along Route 21 in between Sissonville, W.V. and Pocatalico, W.V. At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly burned section of the expressway in West Virginia was closed after a natural gas line exploded in an hour-long inferno.

West Virginia State Police photo

This image provided by the West Virginia State Police shows a fireball erupting across Interstate 77 from a gas line explosion in Sissonville, W. Va.,Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012. At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly damaged section of Interstate 77 was shut down in both directions near Sissonville after a natural gas explosion triggered an hour-long inferno that officials say spanned about a quarter-mile.

Rusty Marks photo

Flames burn from a gas line explosion near Sissonville, W.Va., Tuesday, December 11, 2012. At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly damaged section of Interstate 77 was shut down in both directions near Sissonville after a natural gas explosion triggered an hour-long inferno that officials say spanned about a quarter-mile.

Joe Long photo

A helicopter files above flames from a gas line explosion across Interstate 77 near Sissonville, W.Va., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly damaged section of Interstate 77 was shut down in both directions near Sissonville after a natural gas explosion triggered an hour-long inferno that officials say spanned about a quarter-mile.

Joe Long photo

Flames from a gas line explosion cross Interstate 77 near Sissonville, W.Va., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. West Virginia State Police say several structures are on fire and about a mile of Interstate 77 is shut down in both directions.

Rusty Marks photo

Firetrucks are ready as flames from a gas line explosion riase near Sissonville, W.Va., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. West Virginia State Police say several structures are on fire and about a mile of Interstate 77 is shut down in both directions.

Joe Long photo

Flames fill the sky from a gas line explosion across Interstate 77 near Sissonville, W.Va., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. West Virginia State Police say several structures are on fire and about a mile of Interstate 77 is shut down in both directions.

Joe Long photo

Flames are seen from a gas line explosion across Interstate 77 near Sissonville, W.Va., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. West Virginia State Police say several structures are on fire and about a mile of Interstate 77 is shut down in both directions.