MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Wednesday night's barge explosion shook up the area, but some were affected more so than others - particularly those who's loved ones are first responders.
The explosion had one woman on praying for the safety of those on the scene.
"I'm fine and we are all out. The blast knocked me down with the rest of the crew. I don't know how we are alive. I love you and the baby very much. You are all that went through my mind."
That is the text one Mobile firefighter's wife, who wished to not be named, received after two barges that had been filled with natural gasoline exploded on the Mobile River.
She said her only thoughts were about the safety of her husband and his colleagues, and that her faith got her through the night.
"Dear God, take care of him, take care of the fire department, and make sure you send them back home. And I put my faith in God. That's all I can do. That's the wife of a fireman. You have to have your faith," she said.
At the scene of the explosions, the smell of gasoline was everywhere as fumes leaked from the burned tanks. It's an image the firefighter's wife could not get out of her head.
After midnight, she said she did not hear from him until he came home early Thursday morning.
"I didn't hear from him until he came home about 5:14 and put the key in the door and walked in and said, 'Baby, it's okay. I'm home. It's okay,'" she said.
At that point, she was reassured, but that doesn't stop the worry altogether.
"Every time our husbands or wives leave, we don't know if they're coming home. Last night, I had a taste of that. It's not a good taste in your mouth. The meaning behind this is you shouldn't take your spouse and your family for granted. Because in a split of a second, they could be gone."
Once those injured were rescued, firefighters were pulled back from the fire until the flames went out.
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