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Explosion levels home in Castle Rock; 5 people injured

Published On: Oct 12 2012 02:28:26 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 12 2012 06:12:31 PM CDT

5 suffer minor injuries in house explosion


Firefighters believe a natural gas leak caused an explosion that destroyed a Castle Rock home on Friday morning

It happened at 7:18 am in the 6900 block of Sulfur Lane.

Five people were inside the house, a mother and four of her children, ages six to ten. Neighbors helped the children get out.

"I'm their neighbors, I'm their friends," neighbor Kyle Albert said. "If I didn't help them, I figured, who else would?"

The mother and her children were taken to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood with minor injuries and are expected to be okay.

"To have everyone walk out of the home is nothing less than miraculous," said Art Morales, Chief of the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department.

The explosion rocked the neighborhood and damaged nearby homes. 

"If felt like plane had literally crashed into our house everything flew off the walls, it was this loud band," Albert said.

Castle Rock Firefighters said houses on either side were also damaged and had to be evacuated because their exterior walls were buckled.

What caused the natural gas leak is being investigated by Black Hills Energy.


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