A family of three in Hurst was sent to a hospital Saturday after a vehicle crashed into their home, struck a gas line and sparked an explosion, firefighters say.[[479056533,R]]
Flames and smoke were seen billowing from a home at the corner of Myrtle Drive and Redbud Drive shortly before 2 p.m.
Gary Sutton's home security camera captured the moment from across the street.
“It shook the whole house. I guess you can kind of describe it like a sonic boom," said Sutton.
Hurst Police said in a press release that a driver lost control and slammed into the front of the house. After officers arrived and were talking with the driver, the home exploded.
Several neighbors told NBC 5 they heard a "boom" sound followed by sirens from first responders.
Shortly after the explosion, the officers could hear screaming inside the home. The officers then broke down the back door to rescue the three people inside the home.
The family of three — a husband, wife and son — were inside the home at the time of the crash and explosion, firefighters said. The mother was listed in critical condition at Parkland Hospital while the father and son were recovering.
Sarah Shirey says her mother, Dixie Bridges, suffered burns to nearly half her body. Bridges' husband of 37 years, Charles, was burned trying to help his wife out of the house. She was injured when the car crashed into the den.
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"They're both strong. They've done a lot in their lives," said Shirey. "I know neither one of them is ready to give up just yet."
Shirey says her brother, 30, was in the back of the house when the car crashed. He also suffered injuries trying to help in the rescue, but is out of the hospital and staying with relatives.
The house is destroyed. Shirey says friends in the community have come together to gather clothing to get her parents through the next few days. The family has set up this Go Fund Me page to collect donations.
"I know no matter what happens, God is watching over us," said Shirey. "He is always there with us. I know that right now that is the best thing I can do is to pray for my parents."
“It’s so close to home it makes you feel like… I can’t really describe it. It’s just so close to home," said Sutton.
Two officers had minor injuries and one was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
The driver, Arnulfo Castro, who crashed into the house was not injured, but was arrested for traffic offenses officials said.