When the explosion hit it sounded like "20 jet planes taking off" and it was more than an hour before Emmett Sigmon knew that his son was safe.
Rhonda Payne, who is Emmett's daughter and Darell's sister, lives a few houses away on Derricks Creek.
The explosion is etched in her mind.
"We thought there was an earthquake," she said. "The house started shaking really bad. When I ran outside I saw flames coming up the road. I ran the bathtub full of water."
She has custody of her 4-year-old grandson, Derius. She initially put him in the bathtub water but then decided it would be better to take him and run along the road in the opposite direction of the flames.
The explosion melted some siding on her house, destroyed a deck, cracked the basement, and hurled pieces of asphalt.
"I hate to be here," she said. "I really, honestly thought we would die."
Lawrence Deering, who lives six miles away along Derricks Creek, said he was driving about a mile away from the explosion when he saw tractor-trailers passing along Interstate 77 with flames shooting into the air.
The aftermath of missing houses and damaged property is a startling reminder of that day.
"It looks like a bomb went off," he said.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.