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Mother Killed In SE TX House Explosion
Updated: Thursday, May 29 2014, 06:38 AM CDT
A house in Victoria County, Texas exploded Wednesday, killing a 26-year-old mother.
But her five-month-old daughter survived.
Carlos Villalobos spoke with neighbors.
"Thought it may have been a lightning strike, I wasn't sure."
What some believed to be an act of nature turned out to be an explosion, causing this two story home to be reduced to a pile of wood and debris.
Jarod Westerman lives in a nearby neighborhood and was mowing his lawn when the explosion occurred.
"It blew out one of my windows. My wife came out pretty startled, scared and thought something had happened to me."
Westerman says his family wasn't sure what had happened and were all in shock.
"We have a newborn baby and so he was crying, she was crying, and that's when I got startled."
Victoria fire officials say when they responded to the home - they immediately evacuated neighbors and tried to find any survivors.
Firefighters found baby girl parker singer who was taken to Detar hospital, then later to San Antonio for treatment.
Several sources say the only reason the girl lived was because a mattress fell on top of her, protecting her from the debris.
Shortly after finding the baby, the child's mother - Haley Singer - was found dead underneath a pile of debris.
Victoria county resident Chris Callahan also heard the explosion and was stunned by what he saw.
"I see that a whole house was gone. And the whole block all the windows were blown out, garages were buckled in, and the whole block looked like a bomb went off."
According to the Victoria County Sheriff, the baby suffered only minor bruises and will remain in University Hospital in San Antonio for observation.
Meanwhile, the county fire marshal's office is leading the investigation into the cause of the explosion.