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Gas company vows to help Springfield victims recover

SPRINGFIELD — More than a year after a tornado ripped homes apart here, residents are facing destruction of a downtown section where a gas explosion Friday crumbled brick walls and left hundreds homeless. The two disasters in as many years hit a city that has struggled to gain fiscal stability and rein in blight and crime, and its residents have grown weary.

“I don’t want to think about what may be next,” said Cliff Mansfield, 57, who lives about a dozen blocks away from the scene of the explosion but felt it rock his home.

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