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Jul 15, 2013 4:47 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Investigators Search for Source of Home Explosion

CORPUS CHRISTI - Fire investigators are still looking into what caused the explosion. And while what remains may look like a pile of burnt wood and bricks to most people, to an explosion expert it tells a story.

"Exactly where the point of origin occurred... Where did the gas, where did it ignite and where did the explosion begin," said Fire Marshal Andy Cardiel.

These are the questions explosion experts along with investigators with the Corpus Christi Fire Department will be trying to answer in the next few days.

"It's hard to tell but you have to look back at it and you can see the pattern, the blast pattern and how it originated in that central area and spread outward," said Cardiel.

He says this flat area is where the explosion went off and in that area he pointed out something to me that gets him a little closer to the blast point. A kitchen appliance in the rubble was pushed in on one side and it was charred and black. He said by looking at it's placement it's a pretty good indication that the blast happened close if not right next to it.

"We're gonna work our way back into that, carefully removing... Kinda like an onion. Taking the layers apart till we get to the information that we want," said Cardiel.

Cardiel says they are hoping to find some kind of indentation in the ground that will show them where the explosion went off. Because he says explosions don't only send a force up and out, but also down.

"We still may find something, once we remove that debris, that will shows a force... A direct force," said Cardiel.

So to help figure out the where this explosion began, the homeowner's insurance company will be bringing in explosion experts sometime this week. Fire officials say it should take about a week to sift through this debris to get to the bottom of last week's explosion.

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