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Explosion Destroys Haltom City Home

Neighbors report smelling natural gas before the explosion



    An explosion and fire destroyed a Haltom City home Tuesday night, and it was a "Christmas miracle" that the family inside made it out alive.

    Investigators believe a natural gas leak may be to blame for the blaze in the 4900 block of Orien Street just before 7 p.m.

    A four-year-old boy, his father and grandparents were home at the time of the explosion and walked away from the incident.

    The boy's grandmother went to the hospital with a minor hand injury.

    Haltom City Home Destroyed in Explosion

    [DFW] Haltom City Home Destroyed in Explosion
    A Haltom City family was able to walk away from their home even though it was destroyed in what appears to be a natural gas explosion and massive fire.
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011)

    "The whole house was shaking," said grandfather Jaime Diaz. "I ran for my life and said, 'Hey, I don't care about the house. There are more important things in life.'"

    The family dog was lost in the explosion.

    Atmos Energy is on the scene shutting down the gas to the neighborhood, as they investigate.
    Neighbors say they smelled natural gas earlier in the day.

    Family members say they feel lucky they survived the blast.

    "I'm speechless,” said Maggie Diaz, the boy's aunt. “I don't know how it happened. I'm looking at the house and it's like, ‘Whoa, what if they wouldn't have made it out?’ It would have been a different story. We're just blessed. Christmas miracle, I guess."