Edmond Woman Shares Life-Saving Story From Texas Explosion


Thursday, April 18th 2013, 10:11 pm
By: News 9


Many people in Oklahoma have loved ones who have been impacted by the fertilizer plant explosion in the small city of West, Texas near Waco. One woman in Edmond says, if not for the Grace of God, her great aunt could have died.

"People are still looking for bodies … so it's so hard to even know the extent of the damage," victim family member Kristen Hatton said.

Luckily for Hatton, all of her family is doing all right, but one of her loved ones is still in shock from her ordeal.

"The sheet rock that fell on her prior to the roof caving in is what probably saved her life," Hatton said.

Hatton's great aunt, who is in her mid-80s, was home alone when the explosion knocked sheet rock on top of her. It shielded her from being smashed under the weight of her own home.

"She's safe, but lost everything," Hatton said.

When the blast hit, some victims were thrown up to 10 feet, according to state officials. The explosion had the strength of a small earthquake and could be heard dozens of miles away.

As of late Thursday, more than 160 people were dealing with injuries, while CBS News reported others could still be at risk with hazardous ammonium nitrate in the air.

State officials say up to 80 buildings have been destroyed. But just like Oklahoma, Texas has a resilient spirit. Work is already being done to bring back a new normal.

"The whole area has just come together and is doing what they can and lending support," Hatton said.

The American Red Cross in Oklahoma has sent support to the area. The ATF says, as of late Thursday, the fire scene was still too hot to start a serious investigation.