Gas line blows; homes ignite, I-77 bakes

Posted: December 12, 2012 at 5:51 a.m.

A fireball runs across Interstate 77 from a natural-gas explosion near Sissonville, W. Va., on Tuesday, in this image provided by the West Virginia State Police.

Four homes went up in flames and collapsed in charred heaps Tuesday after a natural gas line exploded in an inferno that raged for at least an hour, melting guardrails and pavement on a swath of Interstate 77 in West Virginia.

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Front Section, Pages 4 on 12/12/2012