Homeowner, cat treated after explosion at Harris County home

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- A homeowner and his cat were treated after an explosion at a home near Klein early Monday.

According to the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office, the explosion happened just before 7 a.m. in the 15100 block of Stonewick Drive. It woke neighbors up and cut power to residents for blocks.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames spreading from a detached garage to a nearby home.

"The homeowner sustained injuries and burns as a result of the explosion and fire," said Lt. Dean Hensley with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office. "He was transported by EMS to a hospital."

Inside the smoke-filled home Klein firefighters found a black cat. They managed to give the pet oxygen, reviving it and taking it to a vet to get checked out.

"...like an explosion. Like a bomb almost. There were paint in the garage and it kept exploding, exploding, exploding. We kept hollering to get out because she was in there trying to save her cat. Pretty Surreal," said Natalynn Marshall, who lives two doors down.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials believe it was caused by a leak of propane or oxygen from tanks in the garage when the homeowner lit a cigarette.

The son, who also lives at the home, uses the gases to blow glass. He was out of town at the time of the explosion.

Homeowner Craig Thomas was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital with burns to his arms and legs.


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