WBZ-TV Employee Describes Emotional Return To Destroyed Home

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Gibbs' house. (Bernice Corpuz/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

NORTH ANDOVER (WBZ-AM) -- Our friend and WBZ colleague Bill Gibbs and his family are among the dozens of Merrimack Valley residents who woke up without a home after a series of fires and explosions rocked the area. He's the facilities manager of our station's former address on Soldier's Field Road -which is still the address of WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV, the CBS owned and operated television stations in Boston.

Gibbs was very emotional as he returned to his home for the first time this morning, after seeing it go up in flames Thursday night.

"It's a big mess, it's dangerous," he said. "Some rooms you can't walk in, the floors aren't structurally sound."

He is grateful that nobody was inside at the time, and his family is safe. It was his neighbor who called him to say his house was on fire.

"It's tough," he said. "I think it's hitting me today."

A Go-FundMe fundraising page has been established for Gibbs and his family. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/pelletiergibbs-recovery-fund

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) reports

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