Woman Injured In Home Explosion Dies In Texas Hospital

A 55-year-old woman who suffered severe burns and other injuries when a rural home exploded earlier this week has died and an infant and a second woman both remain in critical condition.


DOBBIN (June 13, 2013)—Jennifer Mock, 55, who suffered severe burns and other injuries in a home explosion in Dobbin that left her sister and grandson critically hurt, has died, the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office said Thursday.

Lena Mock Knight, 65, and her 8-month-old nephew Wyatt Mock Smith, were both in critical condition Thursday in Houston-area hospitals.

The baby, his grandmother and his aunt were flown to Houston Tuesday morning after their house exploded in the small Montgomery County town.

The baby was in critical, but stable condition Thursday at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Knight was in very critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital to which she and her sister were airlifted.

Authorities said a state trooper and a telephone company worker ran into the rubble of the burning home to pull victims out after the blast.

The explosion at the home in the 100 block of North FM 1486 near the Highway 105 intersection west of Montgomery and Conroe which knocked down trees and scattered debris, was felt as far as 40 miles away.

The cause hasn’t been determined, but Montgomery County fire marshal's investigators suspect a buildup of flammable gases in or around the home led to the explosion, which family members believe happened when the stove in the home was turned on.

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