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Jul 12, 2013 2:12 PM by Ben Lloyd - blloyd@kristv.com

Fire Captain: Wife and Kids Found Safe

CORPUS CHRISTI - Firefighters who were trying to track down a woman and two children known to live at the home on Holmes Drive that exploded this morning found they were not in town at the time.

We're told it was her husband who was blown into the backyard by the blast. The other man, who does not live at the home, was sent flying into the park by the explosion.

They're both being treated at a burn unit in San Antonio.

It was just before 5:30 a.m. when the large blast levelled the home in the 4800 block. The blast sent debris into and onto neighbors homes, broke windows blocks away, and sent flames tearing through a home.

An injured man taken away from the scene said the last thing he remembered was lighting a cigarette.

Two men eating at the nearby IHOP thought they heard a car hit the restaurant. Once outside, Omar Zitooni and Michael Obenhaus immediately rushed to a home to rescue the parents and children inside.

Homes in the area are still without natural gas and electrical service. At least 8 homes sustained significant damage.

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