By Alicia Neaves
MIDLAND - One Midland family is still in shock after an explosion at their home on Thursday night. The aftermath of the flames almost burned their entire house to the ground in the 3100 block of Delano and they were actually there when the blast went off.
Fire investigators believe the fire started in a storage area in the garage of that residence.
The homeowner is just thankful the only things needing replacement are material items.
Anthony Sanchez was working on his truck like he had been for the past few days while his family was inside getting ready for bed.
At around 9:30, the night took a turn for the worst.
"I came back outside and I still wanted to work on my truck and I was walking towards the heater, the heater I had outside to keep it warm. I was walking towards it to turn it back on, and as I walked up to it, I smelled like wood on fire, like something burning. "
It was his space heater that he had in the back corner of the garage.
He believes that was what caused the fire to start but when he tried to put it out; it had already spread through the roof.
"I ran to the backyard to grab the water hose, I turned it on full blast and I ran through here. By the time I ran in here, the fire was all through the ceiling already, it was over me."
Then Sanchez remembered something important.
"Whenever I moved the truck across the street, I remembered my nitrous bottles and she was standing right in front of the house with my kids. The neighbor was standing right next to the car next door closed. I started yelling for both of them to get away from the house as I was running towards them to get away from the house because I knew the bottles were in the truck," Sanchez said. "Not even five seconds later, it just exploded. It was a loud explosion."
When the nitrous tanks made contact with the extreme heat from the fire that caused a second explosion
Neighbors describe the flames shooting up almost ten feet in the air.
Several homes had to be evacuated as well as nearby streets while fire crews tried to control the flames which spread to the house next door causing minor damage.
Like Sanchez, fire officials believe the fire started in the storage area in the garage.
The silver lining is the Sanchez family is safe.
But now, they are starting to rebuild from the ground up.
"The little we had is gone basically," Sanchez said.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
If you'd like to help the Sanchez family, they are looking for mostly Pampers, clothing and shoe donations for their two children.
For more information on how you can help out the family, click here.