Residents narrowly escape fire, explosion in Concord

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CONCORD (KRON) — It was just another holiday for residents living at a Concord duplex on Monument Boulevard. They were home relaxing before having to run for their lives when a fire broke out, damaging their home and a total of three buildings nearby.

Three buildings near Concord’s Cambridge Park were left damaged after the explosion and fire. 

​Neighbor Ivan Isguerra captured some of it on his cell phone before running to safety.

“We heard an explosion then hissing then fire and flames. we grabbed our pets and got out. We expected the worst, but hoped for the best,” said Isguerra.

Inside one of the homes lived a family of six, including four children ranging from ages three months to 12-years-old.

“They were sad, but the only thing they cared about was that their kids were okay,” said Elizabeth Zarate, who lives in the building. 

The explosion started outside the single story duplex, near tires and a gas tank before spreading inside, then to a two-story apartment building nearby and an outhouse — leaving a lot of structural damage.

“They had old tires and the tires started exploding and that’s when they started smelling there was gas and all,” said Zarate. “That’s when my uncle looked and it was already too late. The window was on fire. My little cousin’s room all started getting on fire and then my uncle said run, just run and they all ran out.”

Everyone escaped without injury, however the family of six is still looking for their missing cat.

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