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Several Gate City residents relocate

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Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are on the scene for a second day in Gate City. Part of the NTSB's field investigation includes interviewing people in the neighborhood where the natural gas explosion occurred Tuesday morning.

One woman was killed in that blast. While some people are staying put, others moving as far away as they can get. Today there were moving trucks parked near the units where the explosion happened.

Three families living in the building across from the explosion say they are receiving help from the Housing Authority, and they are moving to units near the back of the complex.

Acquineta Moore says her apartment is unlivable.so her belongings were loaded onto this truck to be moved to another location. She won't be going far. She's moving just a few blocks down to another unit still within the Gate City housing community.

"I'm moving right in the back of where I am now. Way in the back of the projects," she said.

She  says she called the Housing Authority and they are the ones responsible for moving her to what she believes will be a safer location.

"They had to move us. They're doing their job. We had to move and they're making sure we are getting in a safe spot," she said.

Her neighbor is moving too. Yolandria Foster's daughter lives two doors down from Moore. After quite a bit of back and forth with the housing authority, foster says it was all worked out.

"They are supposed to be moving her today into one of the other units, in the downtown area," she said.

But not everyone is getting what they want. Gennisa Harris says she's being told by the Housing Authority that her unit is not close enough to the explosion site to require that she move.

"We do not need work orders. We need to be moved because we are living on dangerous grounds that could blow at any moment. And people are scared to use their  stoves. They are also still scared to drink the water," said Harris.

Birmingham Mayor William Bells said today the city is playing a supporting role until it finds out what the direction the housing authority is taking, and what the investigation shows. However, he did say the city is working with non profit groups to try to provide some way of getting people places to stay if needed.

"We are working with non profit agencies put them up in other locations until the housing authority finds housing for them or until it is safe enough for them to go back into their current housing. The city is playing a supporting role until we understand the direction of the housing authority and the investigation," said Bell.

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