A Corpus Christi explosion left three people injured and caused damage as far as three blocks away after a home suddenly exploded.
The incident happened Friday morning, when a house on Holmes Drive suddenly burst into flames. Firefighters responded to a call at close to 5:30 am, finding fire coming from the center of the structure and the roof blown away.
Corpus Christi Fire Chief Andy Cardiel said fire investigators are looking into the cause of the blast, and have called on the gas department to see if there may have been a leak. Utility workers cut off gas to the home so firefighters could battle the blaze.
In fighting the blaze fire crews also had to open up two transformers, leaving about 20 homes without power.
“As a safety precaution power in that area is off as the fire department investigates the source of the explosion,” said Andy Heines, AEP Texas spokesman. “As of 11:30 a.m. we’ve been told because of the investigation, power to those homes may not be restored until Saturday or Sunday.”
The cause of the Corpus Christi explosion is still under investigation.
“It’s going to be way too early to determine what a cause is at this point,” Cardiel noted.
Witnesses say the neighborhood was suddenly rocked by a blast, and ran to the scene to find the house already destroyed.
“The house had exploded. All the walls were down. The roof was already on the ground,” said Mike Obenhaus, who was at a restaurant nearby when the explosion occurred. “We saved a little boy, a little girl, a mom and dad. Then the adjacent house started catching fire.”
Three people were injured in the Corpus Christi explosion, two critically. While the fire and damage spread through the neighborhood, fire department officials think all three victims were inside the house when it exploded.
Even after the Corpus Christi explosion subsided and firefighters put out the last of the flames, heavy smoke still rose up from the home and remained visible for miles.