See it: Mom and baby escape backdraft explosion

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TEXARKANA, Ark- An Arkansas mother and her young child miraculously escaped after their house went up in flames and exploded.

Two Texarkana, Arkansas firefighters were inside the burning home Wednesday night when there was an explosion.

Brian Henry, one of the firefighters told KSLA, “about halfway through the living room me and my partner heard a boom and then the ceiling fell.”

Henry said”There had to be, probably, some kind of explosion in the attic…”

KSLA’s camera was rolling when the explosion blew insulation from the attic of the home all the way into the street.

Fire Marshal Steve Johnson said the incident is called backdraft and doesn’t happen often. Johnson said a backdraft is caused by some type of combustibles burning in a house and depletes the oxygen inside the structure.

The woman and her 18-month-old child were treated for smoke inhalation.

Investigators are calling the fire suspicious. As of right now the blaze remains under investigation.

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