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Some Residents Move Back Into Homes After Explosion

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Some residents moved back in to their Ewing town homes, but all are still coming to grips with what happened yesterday afternoon.

"They were destroyed, and that was so sad," resident Alma Lewis said.

A day later, neighbors continue to reflect on the destruction a gas explosion had on their Ewing community.

Alma Lewis was one of the fortunate ones…her place was not damaged in the blast.

I'm just praying that we don't have to worry about this down at this end. You never know," she said.

Officials say seven workers were hurt, and resident Linda Cerritelli died after being thrown out of her house and on to a car.

Some of her neighbors say they used to see Cerritelli walking her dog. They say she would always wave and seemed like a friendly person.

Cerritelli worked for Janssen, a pharmaceutical division of Johnson and Johnson.

Michael Yang, President, Immunology, Janssen Biotech Inc, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson&Johnson released this statement:

"Linda Cerritelli was a valued colleague and our thoughts and our prayers are with her family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. We are taking steps to support Linda's family, employees who worked with her, and our neighbors in the Ewing community who are in need of assistance."

The township also opened up a call center to take donations for the survivors who lost everything.

"I'm just going to contribute 100 dollars or so. Whatever they want to use, because I think they need help. Everything is gone, everything," Lewis said.

Lewis says she doesn't know many of her neighbors, but feels compelled to assist them anyway.

"If I was like that, I would want help. I think they deserve it. That's their livelihood. People have offices in their place and they work from home, and I guess she was working from home from what I gather," she said.

If you'd like to make a donation to the victims of the explosion you can call 609-538-7587.

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