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Mother recounts surviving Murrieta home explosion

Posted at 5:19 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 20:19:39-04

MURRIETA, Calif. (KGTV) -- One second she was getting the all-clear to go into the home, and the next the walls crumbled around her.

A mother trapped inside when a Murrieta home when it exploded says there’s only one reason she made it out alive.

"I just saw everything crashing down around me, and I thought I was dead, I thought that was it,” said Alexis Haaland, who was inside home when it blew up.

Looking at the house Tuesday, Haaland says she’s still in shock she walked away from the explosion with only a few scratches.

"I just stood still and I covered my head and I was screaming oh my god, just hoping nothing hit me."

Haaland was having solar panels installed at the home she lived in with her family for about a month.

She says the solar company told her they hit a gas line and that she should probably leave. She took her two kids and put them outside with her mother and little brother in their van.

Haaland says a firefighter told her she could go back in and get her wallet and diaper bag. That’s when the home exploded.

"I just knew I had to get out, and I ran to my mom and my kids and my mom just looked at me and was like how did you get out of there."

Haaland says she got out through a window that was shattered in the blast. She says she was standing by a wall, the only one left standing after the home exploded.

"I'm really shook up still, having a couple panic attacks and stuff, but I'm alive, and that's all that really matters."

Haaland says she’s thankful that her kids were outside the home. She says the moments after the explosion were tough, adding that her thoughts are with the man killed in the explosion and those who were injured.

"There wasn't much sleep last night. Pretty much any loud noise woke me up."

The family says the community has stepped up and offered to help them after they lost everything in the blast.