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Springfield homeless shelter out of business after blast

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Four days after the blast, the Springfield Rescue Mission on Taylor Street is in rough shape.

From the exterior, dozens of the building's windows have been boarded up. From the interior, several walls have big cracks in them.   

CEO of Springfield Rescue Mission Ron Willoughby told CBS 3 that all but three of the buildings windows were blown out.

"There was glass out all over the rugs and the floors, and then in the beds, themselves, and in the individual bedrooms - glass all over the beds, the pillowcases, the wardrobe, everything," Willoughby said.

Less than a month ago, Willoughby said the shelter spent $240,000 in renovating the shelter. These renovations included new bathrooms, beds and painted walls.

When it's fully functional, this all-male homeless shelter is able to give up to 60 men a place to sleep.

On Tuesday, it could only house people during the day, until repairs are made.

Therefore, the shelter is working towards taking the steps necessary to get things fixed.

"We haven't gotten estimates yet, but we did talk to the gas company and we do have a claim number. We've talked to our insurance company, and we're trying to move step-by-step to make sense out of all of this and get things back up and running as soon as possible," said Willoughby.

However, it isn't the cost of repairs that Willoughby expects to be big; it's also the cost to those who stay at the shelter.

Since the shelter is out of business for the time being, it is trying its best to keep the people they serve off the streets.

"We've absorbed some of them at our Bliss Street shelter, and others have gone to other shelters, and others have gone back to family too and tried to work things out there," said Willoughby.

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