Column: Catastrophe brings friends and strangers together in Old East Village
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Column: Catastrophe brings friends and strangers together in Old East Village

Terran Matthews, 10 fills in a happy face on Woodman Avenue, just a few homes north of the natural gas explosion site in Old East Village in London, Ont. Behind Matthews is the slogan, "Not just strong…OEVSTRONG," as parents and children in the area reclaimed the closed street for themselves on Friday August 16, 2019. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press) The artwork of a girl whose house was blown up this week is still floating around a London neighbourhood, even turning up on lawns a kilometre away. Though she lost her home, she won’t lose her drawings, because friends and strangers alike are gathering up the pages – a little wrinkled, a little charred, but otherwise miraculously unharmed — and saving them for her. Welcome to Old East Village. On Woodman Avenue and streets nearby, people are picking up the pieces after a shocking explosion ripped through the area Wednesday night, minutes after a car plowed into a home and severed a gas line. Karen Fisher and her daughter Emma lost their home, the epicentre of the blast and the home into which a vehicle crashed about 10:30 p.m. The house was reduced to rubble. It’s believed Emma’s drawings […]

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