Explosion of Garland’s house: two children remain hospitalized

It’s been six weeks since a house exploded in Garland with six family members inside. Two children remain hospitalized.

GARLAND, Texas — Sunday marked exactly six weeks since Gloria Godinez received the frantic calls that her family’s home had exploded with six of her loved ones inside.

“I could hear little explosions in the background,” Godinez said.

His mother, Paula Reyes, 54, died hours later. Her 15-year-old brother, Angel Reyes, died in hospital three days later.

“I stayed with him,” Godinez said. “I never left him.”

Godinez’s sisters, Angelica and Lupita, and nephews, Anthony and Josh, were hospitalized for weeks to recover.

About a week ago, the family finally received some good news.

Angelica and Lupita have been released.

“Their wounds are healing. They are on the right track,” Godinez said.

She needs to help with their burns and they need to get checked out, but Godinez said the progress is undeniable.

“I always tell them, ‘Oh, you’re progressing,'” Godinez said. “At first they walked like very old people, and now they stand straight.”

A few days ago, the family received even more good news.

The two nephews are responsive.

“They’re both tough kids. They’re very brave,” Godinez said.

As the family continues to heal, they are also forced to rebuild. The house that was destroyed was the house of Godinez’s sister.

“They just have to rebuild from scratch. They have nothing,” Godinez said. “Someone gave them their first pair of shoes, and they were like, ‘Our first pair of shoes!’ Another family member has already offered them their bed, and they were so moved.”

Godinez said his family is grateful to the healthcare professionals at Parkland and Medical City Plano, as well as the neighbors who stepped up that Sunday six weeks ago.

“It could have been worse,” Godinez said. “It’s a tragedy, but it could have been a bigger tragedy. I could have lost them all.”

A GoFundMe was set up for the family.

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