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Jul 12, 2013 1:04 PM by Janine Reyes

Grandson Hit With Flying Debris as He Slept

CORPUS CHRISTI - Residents on Holmes Drive remain without power or natural gas service as investigators try to find out what caused a large explosion at their neighbor's home this morning.

Two men, ages 25 and 60, were taken to a burn unit in San Antonio for treatment.

Fire officials say they are still working to track down 3 people who live in the home but are unaccounted for at the time. They're not sure if they were even home at the time.

People reported feeling and hearing this explosion as far away as Ocean Drive. Homes several blocks away and even an apartment complex just across the park from the site were damaged.

The woman who lives next door to the home leveled by the blast says she was getting ready to go to a sea turtle release when she felt the blast from inside her garage.

Her grandson was asleep in bed when debris came flying at him. He didn't even know what hit him.

"I went out the front door and I went towards truck and she was coming out of the garage, I just started yelling grandma grandma with the faint voice I had," said Sebastian Grett.

Fortunately, he found his grandma in the front yard and they made their way to the park across the street. He does have some scrapes from debris crashing into his bedroom early this morning, but nothing serious.

"He managed to come right straight out the front door and looking for me to make sure I was okay. Had I been in my bedroom, I don't think I'd of fared as well," said Denise Bracey.

Her home is pretty much a total loss from the explosion.

Sheriff Jim Kaelin says one of his deputies who lives next door reported a wall came crashing down in the explosion.

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