Two adjoining homes suffered damage that has rendered them "uninhabitable," according to the Castle Rock Fire Department. No one was injured in the neighboring homes. Twenty people were evacuated until further notice, and the Red Cross is on the scene to help the neighborhood.
The explosion happened just northeast of the Outlets at Castle Rock.
The family of Denver Police Lieutenant Jimmy Martinez were injured in the explosion. His wife, Lisa, and his 6-year-old daughter Chuna, 4-year-old daughter Elen, 11-year-old son Oz and 7-year-old Ahbie were all in the house at the time of the explosion.
Lisa had to be extricated from the home after the explosion, but all four kids were able to get out on their own by escaping through a window. They are all in good condition, according to a Swedish Medical Center representative.
Chuna, Elen, Oz, Ahbie were all adopted from Ethopia. Chuna and Elen have only been in Colorado for six months, and Ahbie and Oz have been in America for more than a year.
The Martinez family has five other children besides the ones injured. They have four children, ages 25, 23, 23 and 18 who do not live at the home. They have a 16-year-old, Ryan, who lives in the basement. He was at a friend's house during the explosion.
Castle Rock Fire, Franktown Fire and South Metro Fire all responded to the explosion. Witnesses said the neighborhood was inundated with emergency vehicles. Black Hills Energy turned off the gas in the area as the investigation continued.
The Sapphire Pointe HOA is collecting donations for the family-and others living nearby that were displaced because of the blast.
Drop-offs will be accepted until 10 p.m. Saturday at 7550 Soapstone Way. Right now, the families are in need of toiletries, games for kids, and gift cards.
Click here to find out how to make online donations.
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