Remembering lives lost 3 years after refinery explosion

By Brian Entin - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Three years after the explosion at the sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, and the community is still feeling the echoes.

For the families of the 14 killed in the blast, the grieving hasn't stopped since the explosion.

A memorial service was held Monday night at the St. Phillip AME Church.

Fourteen candles were lit to remember the 14 victims.

Sondra Barnes came with her family to remember her brother Eric.

"Even though Eric is gone, we don't only think about him today. He is with us year round," Barnes said.

Barnes said life hasn't been the same since the explosion, but she has managed to find peace.

"Why be angry? I don't believe in staying angry because that means you don't have peace in your heart. I know my brother is in a better place and I'm not going to be angry with anyone," Barnes said.

Imperial Sugar Vice President George Muller was at the service. He says the company has made progress and that they were also changed forever by the explosion.

"I don't think anyone can go through what we've gone through without it having a lifelong impact," Muller said.

A memorial service was also held at the sugar refinery on Monday.

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