COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Gary Woltermann has spent more than 70 years in this Stillwater County seat, and he remembers when a train passing through town was a “big deal.”
Nearly five months after a natural-gas explosion leveled a house at 1411 Granite Ave., the neighborhood around the site was jumping this week.
A construction worker stands on an interior wall to steady a large beam Thursday at the new home of Harrison and Darlene Fagg. The Fagg residence was one of five houses destroyed by a gas explosion on Granite Avenue in June.
Harrison and Darlene Fagg are rebuilding their house five months after the Granite Avenue home of Gary Woltermann, just below theirs, was destroyed by a natural gas explosion.
The official investigation into an explosion that leveled a West End home and damaged several others a week ago has wrapped up as private investigators continue to look into the incident.
Bolted to the Rimrocks above the neighborhood that snakes around Granite Avenue is a small, metal sculpture of an angel looking down on the houses below.
Ossie Abrams looks down at the rubble in front of her home on Granite Avenue on Friday. The windows are boarded up and her property is littered with debris after the explosion Wednesday that leveled one house and severely damaged others in the neighborhood.
Ossie Abrams was busy Friday cleaning up in and around her home on Granite Avenue.
Debris litters the front yard of a home at 1412 Granite Ave. after it burned from the explosion on Wednesday that leveled a home across the street.
NorthWestern Energy linemen finish installing new power poles Friday on Granite Avenue. Two poles were broken off in the explosion Wednesday.
Billings Fire Marshal Mike Spini holds a news conference Thursday afternoon regarding the explosion at a home on Granite Avenue.
Investigators sifting through the remains of a Billings home obliterated by an explosion Wednesday have ruled out an intentionally caused incident, but don’t know yet what caused the blast.
A pink flag marks what looks like a gas line Thursday as ATF investigators comb through the rubble where an explosion occurred Wednesday at Gary Woltermann's home on Granite Avenue.
A crime scene van is parked near the scene of an explosion that occurred Wednesday on Granite Avenue in Billings.
An investigator from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was among those combing through the rubble where an explosion occurred Wednesday on Granite Avenue.
Investigators comb the remains of a home that exploded Wednesday on Granite Avenue in Billings.
A piece of sheet music, adorned with a chunk of insulation, sat in the rain near the scene of Wednesday's explosion.
Gary Woltermann's white grand piano, now fire-blackened, sits upside down in the charred rubble of his home Thursday.
The force of the explosion broke windows at the nearby home of Harrison and Darlene Fagg, driving this shard of glass into a closet door.
Architect Harrison Fagg's home, which sits just uphill of the blast site, was badly damaged by the explosion.