BREAKING: Early Morning Home Explosion Near Love Field Kills One, Forces Evacuations

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Foster Elementary School students arrived at Cary Middle School Friday morning after a gas explosion at a nearby home prompted fire officials to evacuate most of the neighborhood (Photo courtesy Tom Erickson).

Just as families were getting ready for the workday and school day, an explosion rocked a home and neighborhood, leaving one dead and forcing the evacuation of a large area that includes one Dallas ISD elementary school.

At this time, Atmos Energy officials and Dallas Fire-Rescue are trying to determine what caused a gas line to explode in the 3500 block of Espanola Drive, DFD officials said.

Two other incidents in this Love Field-adjacent neighborhood have been reported, including a family who said the flame on their gas stove flared by surprise, and another family reported a gas heater exploding, which resulted in the hospitalization of one.

This morning’s incident left an 11-year-old girl in very serious condition at Parkland Hospital, and sent four other people to Parkland as well.

Neighboring homes were evacuated, and over the course of the morning, the evacuations widened to include Foster Elementary School, which sits at the corner of Clover Lane and Marsh Lane in Midway Hollow.

Council members Omar Narvaez and Adam Medrano, and Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis issued a joint statement alerting their constituents of the evacuations.

“We wanted to make you aware that Dallas Fire and Rescue and Atmos Energy have issued a mandatory evacuation of Stephen C. Foster Elementary following a house explosion this morning a few blocks from the campus,” they said. “We have learned there is a fatality of a young girl, however, we are not aware if she is one of our students.”

“Per the school’s emergency operation plans, Foster students will be transported to Thomas Jefferson High School during this time.”

DFD later outlined where students would go in a tweet.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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