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Residents start recovery process following Friday's explosion

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Three days after a natural gas explosion heavily damaged Springfield's entertainment district, residents are beginning their recovery efforts.

The blast that centered around Scores Gentlemen's Club injured around 20 and damaged more than 40 buildings. Many residents in the Worthington Street area have been displaced since the explosion.

"We lost everything basically our whole life is gone," said Ernest Allen.

Monday residents like Allen were able to come to city hall to file claims with Columbia Gas Company.

Allen lost all the belongings he left in a storage unit on Worthington Street. He and his family were in the process of moving.

"We had our whole house like three floors worth of things that was in storage that we have no idea if we're going to be able to get compensated for," said Allen.

"We feel sad we do have a lot of pain in our heart we lost everything," said Michell Blaud.

Blaud is a pastor at a downtown church that suffered heavy damage.

"We are still here," said Blaud. "We are going back, we are going to start again."

The Red Cross set up on Dwight Street where they handed out cleaning supply's and offered one-on-one sessions for those in need.

"It was devastating but we are blessed that there were no deaths," said Felicia Foster who lives on Worthington Street.

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