Alexis Haaland, a Navy wife and mother of two, survived a gas explosion that completely destroyed her home and killed a gas technician Wade Kilpatrick, 31. But days later she is still shaken, she told ABC 10 News.
A family friend has created a GoFundMe page for the Haalands, who relocated to the San Diego area about a month ago and were having solar panels installed on the house they thought of as their dream home. Alexis told the news station that a worker from the solar panel company told her they had hit a gas line and she should leave the house. She took her two children out of the house and put them in a van with her mother. Later, a firefighter said it was okay for her to go into the house and get her wallet and diaper bag. Shortly after she went inside she felt a warm gust of air and the house exploded. Haaland who happened to be near the only wall that remained standing after the blast remembers covering her head and screaming as debris rained down all around her. A gas company employee helped her out of the wreckage.
Days later Haaland is still shaken. And, she told NBCSanDiego, she can’t stop thinking about Wade Kilpatrick and his family. She and her husband lost all that they owned, but things can be replaced a man’s life can’t, she told the station.
Kilpatrick’s girlfriend Kelsey Seale told KCAL9 that she is devastated and that she has lost the love of her life because rules were not followed.
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