11 years later, Ghent dedicates memorial to explosion victims

West Virginia

Back on January 30, 2007, a Raleigh County community was left shaken after a leaking propane tank exploded, killing four and critically injuring others. Two of the victims were volunteer firefighters, the other two were gas workers.  Another victim was a firefighter on scene, who died three years later from his injuries.

More than 11 years later, on May 26, a memorial remembering the disaster was officially dedicated by family, friends and neighbors.  A headstone is erected for each of the four men who passed. All of them center around a monument describing, “We Will Never Forget.”

Hazel Burroughs is the widow of Ghent Volunteer Fire Department captain Frederick Burroughs, who perished in the explosion.

“We know the explosion was a terrible, horrible thing,” Hazel said.  “But we want to concentrate on how they lived, on their lives… how much their lives meant to each one of us, and how much we carry their lives still yet in our hearts.”

The memorial costed at around $15,000, completely funded through donations.  It is now open to the public.

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