Yesterday we arrived at a local neighborhood where a fire call had been toned out and then canceled. We were told there was no fire, but an explosion. After going door to door and talking to neighbors in nearby neighborhoods, we were hearing many first hand accounts of the scene. We learned that a two story home exploded suddenly Wednesday morning. Most of the surrounding homes were severely damaged and homes within a few miles were shaken and windows shattered by the force of the blast. After seeing the scene, it seemed like nothing less than a miracle that the baby not only survived the blast, but was found by firefighters under four feet of debris within 15 minutes of their arrival and transported to the hospital. After being evaluated by the hospital we were told she had some bruises but that was about it. Amazing. It was bittersweet, knowing that the infant, Parker Singer, 4 1/2 months, survived while her mother did not. We knew that a family had lost their loved one and that the baby had lost her mother.  It was a tough thing to cover and witness and I watched as our reporters did it with compassion and professionalism. They made me proud to have them there with me.

Today we don’t know much more, but the investigation is ongoing. Here are a few shots from yesterday.

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A ranger from the Department of Public Safety maps the scene of an explosion that destroyed a two story home near the intersection of Oak Colony and Whispering Oaks drives in Victoria County early Wednesday morning. Debris was hanging from the surrounding trees and littered throughout the neighborhood. 10-12 surrounding homes were severely damaged.

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Mary Helen Barrick, left, is comforted near the scene of an explosion that destroyed a two story home near the intersection of Oak Colony and Whispering Oaks drives in Victoria County early Wednesday morning. Her daughter Haley Singer, 26, died in the explosion but her granddaughter, Parker Singer, 4 1/2 months, was rescued by firefighters when they heard her crying under four feet of debris when they arrived on scene. She was rescued and transported to DeTar Hospital, accompanied by her father Travis Singer. Fire Chief Taner Drake said the firefighters were “true heroes” for their efforts and rescue of baby Parker.

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A ranger from the Department of Public Safety carefully navigates through the scene of an explosion that destroyed a two story home near the intersection of Oak Colony and Whispering Oaks drives in Victoria County early Wednesday morning. They were mapping the scene as part of the ongoing investigation into the cause of the explosion.

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A welcome flag sits among the debris at the scene of an explosion that destroyed a two story home near the intersection of Oak Colony and Whispering Oaks drives in Victoria County early Wednesday morning.