Two seriously injured, several displaced in Southeast Austin home explosion

Photo: Austin Fire Department

The Austin Fire Department says a house explosion that seriously injured two people in Southeast Austin Saturday afternoon was caused by a backed-up gas line.

It happened on Bendridge Tr. near E. William Cannon around 1:30 p.m and left debris and broken glass scattered across the street.

“It's a little mess on our side, but I don't know what's going to happen over there,” said Tony Hernandez who lives two houses down from where the blast went off.

AFD says both victims, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s, walked out of the home with severe burns on their faces.

One was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center and the other was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.

"It certainly would appear that the damage is indicative of a gas explosion,” said AFD Div. Chief Thayer Smith.

The blast sent pieces of debris flying as far as 200 feet away from the home as it came crumbling down to the ground.

A neighboring house suffered significant damage, with a side of the house caved in and ceilings blown out, rendering it uninhabitable, according to Smith. Three adults are displaced from the damaged house.

At least several vehicles and five other houses were damaged by the blast, including Hernandez’s home.

"It cracked some of the ceiling, and broke a few windows and shot debris everywhere, but other than that everyone's okay,” Hernandez said.

But the clean up isn’t his biggest worry. He’s hoping his neighbors make a quick recovery.

"I'm going to keep them in my prayers, and I know things will get better,” Hernandez said.

Firefighters also had to battle a gas line fire cause by the explosion. Crews were able to bring it under control before any surround homes caught fire.

Investigators say the two victims, whose names haven’t been released, are expected to survive.

Total damages are estimated to be more than $750,000.

This is a developing story.

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