Junnette Nyawara still remembers every vivid detail of the night her house caught fire.
"You open the door and the heat of the fire is right there, right on your face, and you see the house start to disintegrate," she says, reliving the terror. "It's so real. It just paralyzes you, and nothing can ever prepare you for something like this."
Nyawara is one of the former residents of the 12000 block of Sleepy Horse Lane in Columbia's Clary's Chase neighborhood, where a natural gas explosion the evening of Sept. 24 triggered a three-alarm fire that rendered six houses uninhabitable and caused damage to many others. Two people were injured.