Texarkana family, firefighters safe after backdraft

Texarkana family, firefighters safe after backdraft

Video Courtesy of Fred Gamble, KSLA 12 (CBS)

TEXARKANA (KSLA) - A Texarkana mother and baby are safe after their house caught fire and exploded just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

When the Texarkana Fire Department arrived at home in the 2000 block of Pearl Street, they found smoke coming from the attic space of the residence.

Firefighters say Tasha Pool and her 18-month-old child were asleep inside the house when neighbors began beating on her door, telling her the house was on fire.

Both the mother and child escaped the home before fire crews arrived

As firefighters entered the house, a backdraft blew out the insulation from the house.

"About half way through the living room, me and my partner heard a boom and then the ceiling fell," said Texarkana fireman Brian Henry.

KSLA News 12's photographer Fred Gamble was recording when the explosion happened.

Texarkana, Arkansas Fire Marshall Steve Johnson says backdraft doesn't happen too often to trained firefighters.

"A backdraft is caused from some type of combustibles burning in a house and complete the oxygen inside the structure and because you remove the oxygen, they can't burn so once you introduce the oxygen back to it, it explodes out in a violent rupture," explained Johnson. "You have to be careful with the public if somebody would had just walked upon this house fire, the house was all sealed up and you kicked in the door, that could actually happen the fire shoot out and knock them off the porch and possibly kill them."

No injuries were reported.

Pool and her child were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.

Investigators are calling the fire suspicious, because there was no electric or gas connected to the house.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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