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Some residents still evacuated after house explosion in Gilbert

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GILBERT, Ariz. -

It's a story we first told you about nearly two weeks ago people in a Gilbert neighborhood evacuated following an explosion and some people are still waiting to go back home.
Two weeks after the explosion and crews with Southwest Gas are still trying to clear the area.
"Every single day the readings have been going up down up down," said Vicki Hodge, a resident who has been evacuated from her home.
Vicki Hodge has been out of her home since the explosion on February 9th. Southwest Gas has put her up in a hotel while she waits for workers to flush out all the residual gas.

Whenever she gets frustrated she thinks of the man who owns the house next door who was badly burned.  "it is nothing to compared to what Jason is going through. It should have never had happened to him," said Hodge.

Jason Nelson is still in the hospital with serious burns these pictures of him are from a go-fund me page that has been set up in his name friends and family have been able to raise almost $25,000.
Southwest Gas says the ruptured line was installed back in 1995 when the neighborhood was built. While some homes in the area use natural gas the ones on this street are all electric none of the homeowners ever knew a gas line was buried in their front yard.

"When we all smelled stink. We thought it was sewer. Gas didn't go tour heads because we don't have gas," said Hodge.

Hodge says even if she gets the go ahead to move back home she's in no rush. "No I am not going to go right back. I am going to ask them if they will cover my hotel expense. And I will ask them if they will do that until there is several days that it is zero no matter where they probe how deep they probe," said Hodge.

Southwest Gas has said that they won't give the all-clear until they find no traces of natural gas.

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