2 injured in Lamar Co. house explosion

Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 10:22 PM CST
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Two people are hurt after their home exploded Monday night in Lamar County.

State investigators are trying to figure out what caused it.

"We had a lot of first responders there really quick. We got the victims out really quick, which I think helped their chances of survival a lot," said Lamar County Emergency Management Coordinator Quincy Blount.

Blount said just after 9 Monday night, several fire departments responded to call about a house explosion.

It happened on County Road 35460 in Chicota near Pat Mayse Lake.

A nearby neighbor says she was sleeping when she thought she heard a bomb go off.

She ran over to find the house flat and a woman trapped inside screaming "help me," so she called 911.

"First units on scene to arrive found a house that was exploded. The roof was down, had one victim pinned inside. And another victim was outside the house," Blount said.

Blount said they believe the man and woman were inside during the explosion.

The woman's family told News 12 the man was asleep when the explosion blew him out of the home on his bed.

Family says she was in the living room when the house collapsed. First responders rescued her from the rubble.

Both people were flown to a hospital. The woman's family says they're both suffering numerous broken bones and several burns, but are expected to be okay.

No word on the cause, but Blount says State Fire Marshals, The Railroad Commission of Texas and the Lamar County Sheriff's Department are investigating.

"There was a propane tank outside the house that was in the on-position upon arrival. It was quickly shut off for safety of first responders," he said.

Tuesday crews monitored the air and the quality came back clean.

"We wanted to make sure there was no pockets of propane or pockets of any types of explosive gases," Blount said.

Blount says they don't how long the investigation will take.