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Memorial service held on 10th anniversary of natural gas explosion that killed six, injured 50

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Middletown hosted a memorial service Sunday marking the 10th anniversary of an explosion at a Connecticut natural gas plant that killed 6 people.

On February 7, 2010, workers were cleaning debris from natural gas pipes when the gas ignited. Six people were killed, about 50 others were hurt.

The memorial was held outside the Kleen Energy Systems Plant at 11 a.m.

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Senator Richard Blumenthal were in attendance along with family, friends, and former co-workers of those lost in the blast.

One attendee addressed the crowd gathered saying, “I hope this helps the family members that we show you that they are not forgotten.”

“It never gets easier…we lost six of the best of the best.”

– Paul Venti/ Ret. Plumber/ Pipefitter

Dilon Thomas Crabb was just six years old when he lost his father in the accident. He says it’s a wound that never heals and he misses his dad every day.

“Today is a day to remember than more than mourn for them. It shows their life and who they were…It’s more about the celebration of their life.”

– Dilon-Thomas Crabb / Son of Victim

Also among the victims, Ray Dobratz, the father of News 8 Sport Anchor Erik Dobratz.

A plaque now sits in front of the plant with the names of the victims, a front and center reminder of those who lost their lives doing the job they loved.

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