Cause Outlined, Neighbor Reaction in House Explosion Incident
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The stench of gas lingered in the air as traffic officials scrambled to get people out of the area around 7th Street and Orchard Avenue after an incident that never should have occurred.
"There was a directional bore going into place. That's when you put a line in without digging it. You drill through and then pull the line back through. There was an unmarked gas line and it was clipped," explained Damon Gant with Grand Valley Traffic Control.
Officials say gas got into the sewer system and spread, creating a nightmare for the quiet, residential neighborhood.
"It was awful ... if was an awful site," recalled Hillary Vice, an eye-witness.
"It sounded like there was a car crash right in our yard. It rattled all the windows," said David Powell, a neighbor the next block over.
Tuesday afternoon, neighbors recalled the terrifying moments after the gas leak sparked and ripped into a Grand Junction home.
"I was screaming for my friends but they weren't coming out," said Conor Hatch.
He and Demi Belomer were just steps away from walking into the house when booming noises turned into flames before their eyes.
"I saw the garage explode and then I saw the whole house explode and then fall down," added Hatch.
"There were flames, I'd say, 50 feet in the air," said Powell.
"I've never run so fast before in my life to get to where it happened to see if people were okay," explained Vice.
The three people inside survived, but were rushed to the hospital.
"They had some burns to them. One guys face was super pale and had some bleeding inside his mouth," described Vice.
As friends and neighbors looked on helplessly, all they could do was hope the silent predator doesn't strike again.
"I'm scared. I'm very scared," said Vice.