Early morning explosion rocks Sweetwater neighborhood

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SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Sweetwater Fire Department shared pictures on their Facebook page of the remains of a home in the 1400 block of Tanya Street.

According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden the gas explosion happened around 4:30 Saturday morning, but no cause has been identified.

They say the explosion was “substantial”. The occupants were actually inside the house at the time, suffering only minor injuries, something Chief Madden said was nothing short of miraculous.

“The man had just closed the small door of the garage when the explosion happened and he said it seemed all above him. He yelled for his wife, his wife said she couldn’t get to him. She walked out where the wall used to be and walked out the back of the house. He actually walked out the back door of the house and they met in the back alley and even had their dog with them,” Chief Grant Madden said.

The fire from the explosion was contained to the house where the explosion originated but debris from the house damaged the homes on either side.

“It sounded like a bomb. It shook our whole house,” next door neighbor Bill Hunter said.

Hunter and his wife were jarred awake by the explosion.

“Their west side of their roof exploded and went over these shrubs and landed on top of my house,” Hunter said.

Looking at the aftermath of the explosion Hunter was in shock.

“I’ve never seen aything like this from a storm or anything. Unbelievable.”

The Sweetwater Fire Department and ATMOS Enerygy are investigating the cause of the gas explosion.  This is a developing story and will be updated.

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