ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A woman living across the street from where an explosion occurred early New Year’s Day in Arlington is grateful to be safe.
The powerful explosion occurred along the 4100 block of Viridian Village Drive and left a lot of damage in its track.
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It’s a lot for expelled resident Emily Clark to take in.
“I’m just a little speechlessly honest,” she said.
Clark was out of town for the New Year and came home Sunday after what was left of her apartment. For the first time, she got to see what the explosion was doing with her place across the street from where the explosion happened.
“I walk in and there is glass from the windows on the wall destroyed by the explosion to the front door.”
Clark said she just moved in late November.
“There was puncture through the corridors, I saw doors kicked in, I was just trying to put it all together.”
But on this Sunday, she counts her blessings.
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“[I’m] just thankful I was not home, “Clark said.
The damage to the North Arlington community continues to attract onlookers.
John Radvansky, who lives nearby, said: “It was very shocking. We live only about three kilometers away, so to see this happen was very annoying.”
The Arlington Fire Department says the village house was under construction with two stories. Investigators believe a gas device before the explosion was not completely turned off.
“It was just a great experience to come and see that. It almost seemed like a war zone,” Radvansky said.
Some of the tenants in the neighborhood said they stay in model apartments. Others said that their apartments were considered good to live in, but there is still a lot to clean up.
No one lived in the townhome where the explosion occurred, and no injuries were reported nearby.
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