Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Police Officer Narrowly Avoids House Explosion

Newly released dash-cam footage from the Hurst Police Department captures the precise moment a house explodes in brilliant detail — and sends an officer scurrying for his life.

A car crashed into the home in the 400 block of Myrtle Drive on April 7, severing the primary gas line and meter at the home. That allowed gas to build up inside before the explosion.

The consequences of the crash were catastrophic, as Officer Travis Hiser found out as he calmly walked toward the scene of the crash.

The blast injured three people in the home, one critically, but all are expected to recover. Hurst resident Alejandro Enriquez-Castro, 35, was arrested at the scene of the explosion on a charge of not having a driver's license.

He was held on an immigration matter and was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Hiser, who was treated and released at a local hospital, and another officer escaped with minor injuries.

"There was definitely some divine intervention that was reaching down and slowing those vehicles down from making [the] scene and then taking a finger and pushing me away from the house and the path that I went," Hiser told KXAS-TV (Channel 5). Otherwise, I would have been up on the wall and it would have exploded completely into my face."

CBS 11 News Reports

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