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Home Explosion Destroys Three Homes, Damages Several More

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Two people were sent to a San Antonio burn center after a horrific explosion obliterated a southside home on the 4800 block of Holmes Drive Friday morning.

The explosion was so massive, it was reportedly felt as far away as Portland, and damaged at least a dozen nearby homes, shattering countless windows.

Investigators now believe that a natural gas release inside of the home caused the blast, but so far no ignition source has been found.

Flames shot hundreds of feet into the air as our Kiii-TV Tower Cam captured footage of it just moments after the blast. Kiii News Anchor Rudy Trevino was at the scene of the explosion throughout the day, and went Live with the latest information.

Not since a 2009 house explosion in Flour Bluff, which claimed the lives of three people, have Corpus Christi firefighters had to respond to something so massive. While only one house was destroyed in that 2009 incident, the same is not true of Friday mornings blast.

Several homes have been damaged beyond repair.

"All of a sudden we heard a boom," witness Rick Smith said. "I actually thought a car hit our window because out bed moved. Our headboard is by the window. I was expecting to see a car."

Local and state Fire Marshals are meticulously sifting through the rubble to determine the cause of the blaze. Residents speculate that it could have been caused by a natural gas leak.

According to the American Red Cross, there are three homes destroyed, 15 homes with minor damages and 55 other homes that were affected. Of those, 36 were apartments with window damage.

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