Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

They Do Victims of Pipeline Explosion Renew Wedding Vows at Hotel

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

They Do Victims of Pipeline Explosion Renew Wedding Vows at Hotel

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Marine Darby rubs the finger where she wore her wedding ring, as she talks of the devastating pipeline blast near her home in nearby Edison, N.J.

Darby, 59, lost everything she owned in the March 24 blast and firestorm - including her wedding ring and other mementos from her 1985 marriage. "A little bit of all of us was lost in that fire," she said.

On Sunday, Darby, her husband and more than 80 other couples reaffirmed their wedding vows at the Embassy Suites Hotel, home since the pipeline blast to many of the displaced residents of the Durham Woods apartment complex.

The midnight explosion flattened eight apartment buildings and kept 1,500 people from their homes for at least two days. One person suffered a fatal heart attack, and at least 100 others were injured.

The idea behind Sunday's ceremony was to begin anew, said Tobi Glovinsky, spokeswoman for the Durham Woods Homeless Association. "Adults usually begin their lives with marriage. This gives them a chance to put the fire behind them and start the rest of their lives. …

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