Family finds dog alive in rubble after explosion destroyed home
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Haltom City, Texas family found their dog alive Wednesday, hours after an explosion leveled their home.
The family escaped virtually unharmed, but their dog, Diva, wasn't as fortunate.
The family at first thought she was killed in the blast, until a miraculous discovery while salvaging belongings Wednesday morning.
"I walked in, and I heard whimpering," Jaime Diaz Jr. said. "I heard it again, and I just started tracking it. I tracked it back to the kitchen, and she was between the pantry and freezer, underneath some hampers of clothes behind the freezer, I guess, trying to find hiding."
Diva was a little shaken but looked relatively good.
The family took her to a veterinarian right away.
A 4-year-old boy, his father and grandparents were at home at the time of the explosion, and they all walked away from the incident.
"I'm speechless," Maggie Diaz, the boy's aunt, said Tuesday. "I don't know how it happened. I'm looking at the house and it's like, 'Whoa, what if they wouldn't have made it out?' It would have been a different story. We're just blessed -- Christmas miracle, I guess."
Investigators say a natural gas leak may be to blame for the blaze.
Family members said they spelled gas before the blast.
Neighbors also said they smelled natural gas.
Haltom City Fire Marshal Fred Napp said the Diaz family was lucky.
"It's kind of rare to have an explosion of this magnitude and have the people come out relatively unharmed," Napp said. "It's a chance to talk to the people who were very near the source of the explosion to give some insight as to what possible caused the explosion."
The explosion was so strong it blew the front door off the house and nearly into the street.
On the door a sticker reads, "This Home Protected by Angels."