A Tracy Minnesota woman is in critical condition in a St. Paul hospital burn unit , after her home exploded early Saturday morning.
Regions Hospital in St. Paul says Sonia Timmons is in critical condition in its burn unit.
Neighbors tell me Timmons three daughters also were airlifted to hospitals, but their condition is not known at this time.
I spoke with Timmons' neighbors who saw the aftermath of the explosion.
Sheena Schons said "I was sleeping and we woke up to glass shattering, so I peaked out and I seen that the house was on fire, the living room was engulfed in flames."
Schons lives on a quiet street in Tracy, Minnesota but says this is a day she will remember.
"I'll never forget it, it was never expected that's for sure, scary," Schons said.
Her husband sprang into action as Sheena looked on.
"My husband, quick ran outside and I called 911, and I seen the little girl come running out the side door. and then the mom and the other little girl came running out screaming," Schons said.
Matt Schons was concerned for his neighbor's safety.
"My husband asked if anybody else was in the house and she said the baby was in the crib, so then he ran inside to get the baby out," Schons said.
Then Sheena was concerned about her husband's safety.
"I was on the phone, looking out this window and then I saw him go in the house. so I ran out and that's when I said 'where's my husband?' my neighbor was in the street too, there's a bunch of us in the street, just panicked," Schons said.
Jamie Leonard lives two doors down and she explained what happened to her kids. "When the fire started, unfortunately though, the family was in the house and all the kids were in the house," Leonard told her children.
"My daughter was really, really upset. she know the oldest daughter who's in 2nd grade at Tracy Elementary with her and she really wanted to so something right away to help the family," Leonard said.
Leonard's daughter Cora decided to put together her own special care package.
"She wanted to do everything she can, she wants to donate some of her savings as well. we're going to look at putting something together for the community and for people to donate and to help this family out," Leonard said.
Most of the neighbors we spoke with on Elm Street said they didn't know Sonia very well, so it's touching they want to pitch in and do what they can to help.
Meanwhile the gas company, Minnesota Energy Resources, says it is working with local officials and the incident is still under investigation.
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