Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Neighbors to Home Explosion Move

Alive, grateful and on the move. The people next door to the Corning house that blew up need to find a new home.

Neighbors to Explosion on the Move
 

August 6, 2012

Corning (WENY) - Alive, grateful and on the move. The people next door to the Corning house that blew up need to find a new home. Their house is condemned but their spirits are high. the two men who were inside the house that exploded on Friday are still in the hospital, both men are in guarded condition. The owners of the home right next door to 48 Wilson street want to re-build, but it's going to take a while, so they're trying to figure out their next move. Jill And Paul Merdus say they're only taking things with sentimental value, everything else can be replaced. The can't believe how much the neighborhood has come out with support.

     “Anything you can imagine its been amazing to really see what everybody would do for you in this type of a situation,” says Jill.

     Paul Merdus says the house is condemned.

     “I mean the whole backside is falling off. The firefighters tried to sure it up to try to preserve all that we could but we've been given limits in certain parts of the house that we're not even allowed to walk in because as you walk into it it literally just goes forward you can tell its going to go.”

     Paul says the only way they can move on is to rebuild from the ground up.

     “Obviously we would love to rebuild especially because the neighborhood has been so amazing not only the neighborhood but the community. “It makes us want to be here. This is home we know the people around us love us and who wants to go somewhere else if you got people that will put up with us.”

     Paul and Jill are living with their 4 kids in Elmira for now. They said they plan to rent a house until they can build a new home from the ground up on the same land in Corning..