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Housing authority remains silent following Gate City blast

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Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are still in the field conducting interviews with residents in Gate City. This after a gas leak and explosion earlier at Marks Village housing community. 

One woman died in the blast, one man remains in critical condition. People in this neighborhood who say they are getting frustrated that they haven't gotten any answers from the Birmingham Housing Authority.

East Lake community president, Robert Walker says people in this community want answers.

"People are tired, they're frustrated, they're scared. Surely you're going to get a reaction out of that," says Walker. "The community want to know, they've been coming to me with questions. I've been wanting to get answers from the housing authority, but I'm just not getting any answers."

Semonia Southall has been displaced from her home.  She, too wants to hear from the housing authority.

"I don't think it's fair to us or any other families," says Southall.

Earlier on Friday, the Birmingham Housing Authority board members held a moment of silence and then went into executive session, citing "potential litigation."

Before that, however, board members were asked about complaints concerning gas leaks long before Tuesday morning's deadly blast.

"We will respond to that at the appropriate time, this is not the appropriate time," says housing authority chairman Raymond Brooks.

Brooks did briefly speak with ABC 33/40 after the executive session had ended.  He said the housing authority had received complaints from Gate City residents prior to the incident.  But, they are looking into the number and manner in which they were handled.

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