Cleanup Underway After NW OKC Home Explosion


Sunday, January 3rd 2016, 11:03 pm
By: News 9


A few residents remained Sunday in the area of Whispering Hollow Drive as they gathered belongings from their now unlivable homes.

There was also a fairly steady flow of people driving down the street to look at the damage.

The explosion, heard and felt miles away, leveled a home and damaged dozens of others.

Now, police tape surrounds the debris pile at ground zero, where the 1,400 square foot ranch0style home once stood. A Google Street View image shows what it looked like just months ago, in September 2015.

1/2/2016 Related Story: Residents Secure Homes After Explosion, ONG Investigation Continues

Kevin King's mother has lived across the street for years. Sunday was her first time returning to the scene.

“She’s doing OK. She’s holding up,” King said.

He first felt the impact at his home out in Piedmont.

“A few minutes after that, my mother had called my cellphone and so I knew something was wrong. So, we came and got her,” he explained.

Her home has extensive damage from the force of the blast. The ceilings were caved in. The roof and doors shifted. Windows were broken along with almost everything else inside.

“We still have a long way to go. It’s going to be months in the process,” King told News 9. “Just from being here yesterday to today, we can see the dent that everyone has made.”

Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG) crews appeared to be digging Sunday behind the immediate area where the home that exploded originally stood. But according to ONG’s spokeswoman, there were no updates Sunday on the findings of their investigation.

At last check, fire officials said the man inside the home at the time of the explosion was at Integris Baptist Medical Center with first- and second-degree burns to his face and chest.