Victims speak out after surviving house explosion - WNEM TV 5

Victims speak out after surviving house explosion

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Victims of Saginaw County house explosion (Source: WNEM) Victims of Saginaw County house explosion (Source: WNEM)
SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Billy Chapman describes what it’s like to literally get blown out of your shoes.

“The only way I can explain it is a bright white flash and a big explosion.”

That’s what happened at his home in rural Saginaw County.

Chapman was one of six people, five of them children, which were hurt in a blast at his Richland Township home on Friday.

“I was in the air and I could see pieces of my house all around me.”

Chapman says part of the roof landed on top of all. All he could hear was his three sons, and his two nephews screaming for help.

“That was the worst thing every. I mean, I wasn’t even thinking about my well-being, and my arm at the time. I was trying to get to them.”

Chapman tells us that neighbors were able to free in after about ten minutes. All of the children were accounted for. Including William Duranso.

“I don’t remember anything,” said Duranso.

Duranso talked to TV5 from his hospital bed. He’s spending his recovery time playing video games. That’s what everyone at the home was doing before the explosion brought the family fun day to a sudden halt.

“I remember walking in the living room and then next I remember sitting on the neighbor’s porch having people wake me up.”

Duranso could be released from the hospital on Monday. His 11-year-old brother Christopher is in critical, but stable condition in a medically induced coma.

As for Chapman’s boys, his 10-year-old Joseph has a broken leg. His 5-year-old boy Riley is in a Detroit hospital with a broken spine and a broken pelvis. And his 4-year-old Zach has a cut on his liver, but is OK.

Chapman points out they are all alive, calling it a miracle.

“There was a guy that lives two miles away and he felt my house explode. So if he was two miles away and I was sitting in it, and he felt it, how am I even here?”

There is a collection for the family at the Faith Church of the Nazarene, located at 1103 Henry Street in Bay City from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday.

The family is set on clothing at this time.

Two gofundme accounts have been set-up to help the family. Find them here and here.

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