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Woman is badly burned after home explodes during flooding


White Sulphur Springs is one of the areas hit hardest by the storms.

One resident is waiting by the phone, his wife in a hospital burn unit. WVVA's Alison Wickline spent the day in her hometown and spoke with the man about how personal this storm got.

"It's a miracle, I mean I don't know how. I do not know how,” says White Sulphur Springs resident Ronnie Scott.

Scott is in shock. His house is in pieces. But it's his wife, Belinda, that's on his mind. Belinda was the only one in the house Thursday evening. She fled to the attic when floodwaters hit. But how could she have guessed that natural gas would fill the home and cause it to explode, throwing her into a nearby tree.

My wife called me and told me about the gas and all that....and I told her I loved her.

For hours, Belinda clung to the tree...her family and neighbors trapped in the tops of their houses right down the road. But then help arrived and Ronnie says it was the heroic work of his friends and neighbors that got his wife out alive.

"Jason Barnett with the state police came down and he's the hero, he rescued my wife, and then got the rest of my family out of here,” says Scott.

Almost 70 percent of Belinda’s body is burned. She remains In Cabell Huntington Hospital's burn unit. The road to recovery may be a long one, but Ronnie says his wife is strong and his faith is strong and this storm is proof.

"I’m telling everybody you need to pray, i prayed and prayed and prayed and prayers will be answered, “says Scott.

Alison has decided to help raise money for Belinda. Click on http://mk2.gofund.me/2b3dzss?rcid=c55554203a3a11e6bd5cbc764e065880  or copy and paste https://www.gofundme.com/2b3dzss to make a donation.


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