Benson houses being rebuilt after deadly blast

Posted at 5:40 AM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 07:42:22-04

BENSON, Neb. (KMTV) – Plywood, dirt piles and construction barricades are common sights at a neighborhood near 65th and Sprague streets.

Soon, roughly 300 people will flock to the area to help restore it.

Three skeletal homes serve as a constant reminder of a 2016 deadly gas explosion, but also represent a step in moving forward to a new norm.

Habitat for Humanity Omaha moved into the neighborhood after homeowners donated the lots.

The owners tried to make a positive out of a tragic situation, says Sarah Lopez, director of development.

The organization will host its annual Fall Framing Frenzy event during two weekends starting Sept. 29 and 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The goal is to enclose the homes – walls, siding, doors, windows and roofs – before we move into our work in the winter, Lopez says.

Each home will feature five bedrooms and two baths.

Habitat hopes to be done with construction in the Spring of 2018.

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