At about 6:00 p.m., February 19, I heard an explosion at my home by Loose Park. The local news almost immediately began coverage of a gas explosion at 48th and Belleview at JJ’s Restaurant. The explosion caused serious damage to the restaurant. The resulting fire leveled JJ’s and caused damage to adjacent buildings. The extent of the damage was not yet known.
The death of Megan Cramer and the injuries to others in the area was tragic. The fact that most had left the area due to warnings or the smell of gas is no comfort to those who suffered loss.
Terry and I visited the area last Sunday morning. The damage done to JJ’s, the salon next door and the building to the North of JJ’s is evident in these photographs.
Our hearts go out to those who were affected by the explosion. JJ’s has always been a favorite, and the people and atmosphere will be missed.
Yesterday, Perceus, the dog that fled the salon next to JJ’s as a result of the blast,was found. He endured the blast as well as life “on the streets” through two significant snowstorms that paralyzed the city in late February. After a visit to the vet he has been returned home. It is good to have some happy news in the midst of the tragedy.