AUSTIN (KXAN) - A gas line explosion that started a house fire yesterday scared neighbors for blocks out in Manor. Today, many of those same neighbors were without heat.
The explosion destroyed much of a house and left two gas company workers injured. The owner is out of a house, but no one else was injured during the Thursday afternoon incident.
But the blast left hundreds of home owners in the area without heat, bad news as freezing temperatures are coming back tonight.
Emily Sterling likes to walk her wiener dog a couple of times a day. Although getting out of bed today for a stroll was a little harder than usual.
"Oh it was freezing cold last night," said Sterling. "I had like three blankets on me, wrapped up like a burrito. I was cold."
Sterling, like other neighbors down her street, did not get a good night sleep. The blast that jolted several blocks of this Manor neighborhood, totaled this home. Fortunately, none of the residents were hurt, but the gas company did turn off gas lines for blocks as a precaution, which caught some home owners by surprise.
"It was cold last night," said Linda White. "When I got home last night about 10 o'clock, it was cold last night."
An unwelcome inconvenience for White and her neighbors who aren't sure whether they'll be warm tonight or not. "No gas, no heat, I can't cook my food," White added.
Service is slowly coming back though the neighborhood, as gas company workers are going house by house, trying to get everyone's service back.
"They came by this morning and did a test on the meter and made sure it was working properly and asked me if I knew how to turn the water heater on, and I told them yeah," said Robert Reyes. "Otherwise I'd have to wait for some crew to come over here to turn it on for me."
It's unclear how many homes went without gas and heat and how many more won't have it tonight. Meanwhile, Emily says she'll be taking more walks trying to stay warm, hoping her home is back to cozy tonight.
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