East Mountain explosion destroys family home

Brittany Costello
December 09, 2017 09:26 PM

EAST MOUNTAINS, N.M. – It's hard to imagine the charred pile of rubble was a home.


There are no visible remnants of personal belongings or furniture; just crumpled metal and blackened boards. It's all the aftermath of an explosion, which neighbors believe may have been caused by a ruptured gas line.  

"It's hard to explain. I guess it could have been an earthquake kind of feeling to me," said Anitha Thomisee, who lives nearby.

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That impact that was felt in their home was enough to jolt Thomisee out of bed, and when she got to her window she was able to see the massive flames just beyond the trees that sit in front of her home.

"Everybody gathered in the street. We were scared, we were crying, literally," she said. "Our neighbor and I were crying, just worried about this family."

Firefighters quickly responded to the home that was now ablaze at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Luckily, those who were inside made it out and were taken to the hospital.

The only thing left standing was their garage.

Thomisee had a simple word to sum up what she was seeing from her home.  

"Shocking. Because if you heard the explosion, it just sounded like the whole thing went up," she said. "I'm shocked that they are OK. Thankful."

Bernalillo County officials say they are still investigating the exact cause of the explosion. They couldn't provide KOB with an update on those who were injured.

Now this secluded community nestled in the mountains is trying to figure out how they can help a family that is now homeless for the holidays.

"That's the first thing that came across my mind," Thomisee said. "What can we do as a community, what can we do as neighbors."


Brittany Costello

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