Ohio firefighters recall surviving explosion

Three firefighters were thrown through the air by a gas explosion; recovery for all three was long, tough and emotional

By Kathy Lynn Gray
The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The construction worker who showed up at the Hilltop fire station was nonchalant. He thought an underground gas pipe had been punctured on W. Broad Street and asked firefighters to take a look.

Firefighters respond to gas leaks every day, and most don't amount to much. But this one, less than a block from Fire Station 17, was about to turn into an urban bomb that would change the lives of three firefighters forever.

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