Clay County home explosion victim recounts experience

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BURNING SPRINGS, Ky. (WYMT) - We're learning more about the events that led up to a home explosion in Clay County Sunday night, sending a mother and her two children to UK Medical Center. Nancy Collins Murrell spoke to WYMT about what happened.

She said she had been struggling with the temperature of her house all day Sunday, "I lit the heater and turned around and picked up the phone to call the neighbor to make sure that Koby turned the gas off. By the time I turned around and picked up the phone, it blew me plum through the floor," she said.

She said she was right next to the explosion when it happened, "All I remember seeing was one big blue blaze behind and me and it was like poof! Then I was crawling from underneath the trailer."

Murrell felt like it was a miracle she and her two children, Sha-Lynn and Koby Mickel, made it out alive. Still though, she was emotional describing what happened after the explosion."I started hollering for my children. I felt (Koby), he was near where I was, but I couldn't get to him. I started screaming for my daughter. She was screaming for me and I couldn't hear her. I was screaming for her and she couldn't hear me and next thing I knew, she was crawling across the roof to where we were."

A neighbor had to drag the family out from the mess that was once their home. "That was the scariest feeling you ever had in your life, when your kids need you and you can't walk to get to them," said Murrell.

Murrell updated us on her condition. She has two feet that are broken and two parts of her back are broken. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.

Sha-Lynn is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday.

Murrell said Koby suffered facial burns. Family members who have visited him said he also had head trauma.

Once they get the windows fixed in their camper, the family expects to live there until other arrangements are made.