Consumers Energy gas crews check on neighbors near site of Royal Oak explosion

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Door by door, crews from Consumers Energy checked in on the residents in the neighborhood of last week's deadly Royal Oak house explosion.

The gas company's spokesperson, Debra Dodd, explained that workers were, "Knocking on their doors just asking if they have any outstanding questions or concerns."

"If they - by chance - want us to come in and check for the presence of gas in their home.  If they feel uncomfortable," she said, "We have a gas service crew on standby that will do that."

The homes are located close to the incident which happened on Cooper last Wednesday. More than thirty-five homes were damaged in the blast.

Richard Ditri lived in a house nearby with his grandparents.  He told 7 Action News there is only one room in the house that is safe to enter at this point.

"We had a bunch people out earlier today and I think the whole neighborhood is having people in and out all day," said Ditri.  "The street's been pretty packed."

Consumers Energy tells 7 Action News they have received a number of questions and concerns from customers since the Royal Oak house explosion.

"They want to be assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure they are safe and we have been doing that," said Dodd.  "We took extra safety precautions when we moved the residents back in on Cooper Street and Elmwood last week."

The explosion is under investigation.  Consumers Energy is working with Royal Oak's fire and police departments and the state's Public Service Commission.

Ditri and his grandparents cannot go back home for now.

They were able to get a lot of valuables out of the house, but they still have a lot of worries.

"Obviously Cooper is the main concern cause a lot of those houses are in worse shape than ours are," said Ditri.  "We are trying to cope with it.  It's tough, you know we have two senior citizens that we are trying to deal with and trying to help them get through it."

The Royal Oak city commission is set to discuss the explosion and provide updates to residents at their Monday night meeting.

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