Home explosion victim: 'God had to be watching out for us'

WICHITA Kan. (KSNW) - After their home exploded on Tuesday, the Wichita family told KSN they thank God they were not inside at the time.

"God had to be watching out for us. If we were here, there's no way we could have made it," said Briera Patterson.

Patterson, her fiance Ashton Bruce and their three children moved into the home on South Pattie Ave about four months ago.

On an average day, the family said they would be at their home throughout the morning and afternoon. However, on the day of the explosion the family decided to visit Bruce's mom. They said they left their house around 11 a.m. 

"All windows, all walls were intact," said Bruce.

When the family returned home later that afternoon the windows and walls were not intact.

"It's a loss for words. I don't even really know how to explain it. It was somewhere I called home and in a nick of time we don't have anything anymore," Bruce said.

"We have a few pair of clothes. What I have on now is what I was wearing the day before the explosion, on Monday. I have what I was wearing the day of the explosion as well. That's basically all I have," Patterson explained.

A 'dangerous home, keep out' sign was on the home's front door on Friday. The windows were blown out, part of the home was off its structure and broken glass littered the front and backyards.

"It's just hard to look at," Bruce said.

Bruce and Patterson have three children under the age of four. They said while nearly everything they owned was destroyed in the home they are not giving up hope.

"We've got to keep our heads up for our kids. We can't let them see that we are down. We have to be strong for them," Patterson said. 

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