Many Harrisonburg businesses were turned to rubble after the natural gas explosion in Miller Circle
The only thing on Chris Jackson's mind last Saturday morning, was being able to enjoy his cup of coffee before his kids woke up for breakfast.
"Got down here just in time to you know the big blast had already happened but just to see it all kinda burn to the ground um which was tough," said Jackson.
Jackson's recording studio, Blue Sprocket Sound, was one of the businesses lost after a natural gas leak explosion demolished the tiny strip mall.
"You know a business that's been here for years and that blood that sweat those tears you know everything that goes into it. You ask yourself do I have the strength to do it again and even if i have the access to the capitol to do it do I have the heart to do it? Um cause it was a kick to the chest," said Jackson.
For the business owners affected, many questions still remain unanswered.
"The trick is figuring out what the next studio phase looks like. Um I don't know if this site is where it will sit this will take quite a while to sort out," said Jackson.
"What are going to do next? Like it's not going to be the end of the shop but could it be the end of it being here," said Merwin Davis, a bike technician at Bluestone Bike and Run. "Are we going to have to relocate? If not how long are we going to be out of business?"
Even if it takes months to reopen, the community and the city have pledged their support to help.
"Our economic development team in the city is already working with those business owners to try to find an uh alternate place for them to reconstitute their business and get themselves back on their feet," said Fire Chief Matthew Tobia.
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