A home is destroyed after an overnight explosion in Bruceville-Eddy. Fortunately, everyone inside the home was able to get out safely.
The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night at a house on 150 Soules Circle. Bruce Carter, his wife and two teenaged sons live at the house. Bruce Carter says they were all sleeping when he heard an explosion. Carter says he got out of the bedroom to see his house on fire.
"I just grab my wife, and my kids and start telling them to get out of the house," Carter said.
The family was forced to climb out of the bathroom window because the fire was blocking the back door. Carter says they got out and went to the neighbors' home before they too were evacuated. Fortunately no one was hurt. Even their dog and cat came out alive.
"None of them got burned, none of them got hurt by the smoke and that's all I care about. I'm grateful to God for that, I really am," Carter said.
Witnesses also say the explosion could be heard a mile and a half away.
"It's like a popping like maybe cans exploding or gas cans of something of that sort," neighbor Sarah McNeely said. "It was enough to get your attention."
Bruceville-Eddy and Lorena fire departments responded to the scene, and discovered that the family's four cars were also destroyed. Bruceville-Eddy volunteer fire chief Randy Seavy says they don't know what caused the fire at this time. He says the fire most likely started in the back of the car port, which means the explosions could have been from the car tires. He says when they explode they often sound like a gun shot.
"I'm just thankful that they're all out and everything's okay," McNeely said.
The family was renting the house and did not have insurance. They are currently living with friends and the Red Cross have also set up a hotel for a few days.
The Bruceville-Eddy school district is gathering donations of food and clothes for the family. Warrior Heart Ministries is also gathering donations. If you'd like to donate you can visit their web site at www.warrior-heart.com.
Carter says one of those vehicles burned was his work truck. That means he will have to replace the truck and tools to start work again.
"Take care of my family, try to get everything put together as fast as I can so I can get to work, and get another home for my family as fast as I possibly can," Carter said.