Family reacts to Elgin explosion report

What's left of a home in the Elgin area after an explosion. (Kevin Schwaller)
What's left of a home in the Elgin area after an explosion. (Kevin Schwaller)

ELGIN, Texas (KXAN) — The home explosion damaged more than wood and metal. A family is still recovering emotionally from the blast.

Marcus Newman, 17, spent weeks in the hospital. The blast caused burns, which left scars on his body and pain. Now, he’s home.

“I cried, I cried. It was joy just to look at him,” said Raynell Loving, Marcus’ grandmother.

Time hasn’t healed all injuries.

“I throw my hand up and I walk out through the front and I tell the Lord, Lord, be with this family mend us back together like it once was,” said Raynell Loving.

As the family struggles, a report shows Direct Propane Services did not do a leakage test on an empty tank as required when it delivered propane to the home just three days before the explosion. Marcus’ grandfather Ulysses Loving looked at the report from the state with KXAN News.

He wonders if a leakage check could have caught and issue and avoided the blast that shook this family.

“All of the heartaches and pain, and suffering, you know, it would have caught it, if he would have went on and gave a pressure test,” said Ulysses Loving.

The Lovings say they don’t want to see harm to anyone else. They’re ready to heal.

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