Explosion Blows Home to Pieces Near Denver

3:49 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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CASTLE ROCK, CO (KUSA) - An explosion leveled a home in Colorado Friday afternoon.

The blast happened on Sulfur Lane in Castle Rock, Colorado. That's just south of Denver.

Fire officials told KUSA-TV they believe it was a natural-gas explosion.
According to authorities, the explosion destroyed the home. Two adjoining homes have damage that has rendered them "uninhabitable," according to Castle Rock Fire. No one was injured in the neighboring homes. Twenty people were evacuated until further notice, and the Red Cross is on the scene to help the neighborhood.
The five people injured in the explosion are an adult and four children. The people injured are the family of Denver Police Lieutenant Jimmy Martinez. His wife, Lisa, and his 6-year-old daughter Chuna, 4-year-old daughter Elen, 11-year-old son Oz and 7-year-old Ahbie were all in the house at the time of the explosion.
Lisa had to be extricated from the home after the explosion, but all four kids were able to get out on their own by escaping through a window. They are all in good condition at this time, according to Swedish Medical Center. Chuna, Elen, Oz, Ahbie were all adopted from Ethopia. Chuna and Elen have only been in Colorado for six months, and Ahbie and Oz have been in America for more than a year.
The Martinez family have five other children besides the ones injured. They have four children, ages 25, 23, 23 and 18 who do not live at the home. They have a 16-year-old, Ryan, who lives in the basement normally, but he was thankfully at a friend's house during the explosion.
Castle Rock Fire, Franktown Fire and South Metro Fire all responded to the explosion. Witnesses said the neighborhood was inundated with emergency vehicles. Black Hills Energy was able to turn off the gas in the area as the investigation continued.

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