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Jul 12, 2013 3:44 PM by Janine Reyes

Neighboring Home Destroyed by Fire from Explosion

CORPUS CHRISTI - People reported hearing and feeling the blast all the way down to ocean drive, and throughout the city, really. So, you can imagine what it felt like right next door.

The two people in the home next door made it out safely, their home burned down when flames from the explosion spread.

"It was just sheer luck that I woke up," said Sebastian Grett. It's probably not just sheer luck that woke Grett up this morning, but an explosion heard and felt, even blocks away.

"He was right closest to the blast," said his grandmother, Denise Bracey, "he was in the front bedroom."

"When I woke up, there was sheetrock on top of me, and it was burning," Grett described.

He's scraped up from debris that flew into his room, he woke up to find it filled with smoke.

"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," he said.

"I heard him call to make sure I was okay," recounted Bracey.

"Luckily she was okay because I would have went back in there," Grett told us.

Bracey woke up early this morning, hoping to catch a sea turtle hatchling release, otherwise, she wonders if she would have made it out.

"I was going to get ready to leave and open the garage door, and it exploded," said Bracey.

Hours later, bracey says, her fortune is continuing.

She's grateful for little things, like finding her purse, with ID and cash intact, to encountering a friendly face.

"You okay? yeah, I'm fine, I'm fine," she said as a familiar face, a man with the city's utility department, checked on her. It's those gestures that make the destruction of her home just a little more bearable.

"I can kind of see straight through to the other side, so there's not much left of it, its just leveled," Bracey said, describing what she could see of her home, still blocked off by crime scene tape.

Its a home that's been in her family for decades.

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