Inkster woman escapes flames that engulf her home after explosion

Posted at 10:10 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 17:38:57-04

It was a very close call for an Inkster woman after her home exploded setting off a massive fire.

The only person inside the home made it out alive, without serious injury.

The Inkster fire department says this could have been a tragic.

At 4:30pm, it's normally quiet on Dartmouth Street, but Tuesday neighbors heard something loud coming from across the street.

Cell phone video captures the moments the home was engulfed in flames.

Miguel Torres was across the street doing repairs on his home.

“Ran over there tried to turn off the fire where the front room was at,” he says.

Then he ran to the back of the house.

“The gas was just hitting the wall and when I seen the wall creeping and moving and I seen how it was traveling I hurried up and ran out,” he says.

Flames shot out of the window raging 15 feet in the air, destroying everything inside.

The Inkster fire department tells me they believe the cause of the fire is a natural gas explosion. 

The fire marshal will be back out here Wednesday morning looking through the rubble and looking closely at the home’s appliances to see where and how this fire started.