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Flint woman on Hogarth Ave. left home minutes before home next door exploded

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Neighbor of Hogarth Ave explosion left home minutes before

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A Flint woman is counting her blessings tonight, leaving her home on Hogarth Avenue just minutes before the devastating explosion right next door.

She believes the impact could have been deadly after the home next door burst into flames on Monday night.

Teanna Hare says she left her home on Hogarth Avenue after 9:00 on Monday night with her fiancé. Five minutes later, they received a call from her security alarm system. When they turned back around, they couldn't even get close to the block. Now, she's reflecting on the events that quite possibly saved her life.

"We had just left. I was going to stay home, but he told me just come on, come on, so something just told me get up and leave with him, and I left, and five minutes later, we had got a call," Hare said.

Hare says her house is unlivable, so the American Red Cross set her and her fiancé up with a hotel for the next few days. ABC12 met her while was in tears and working to secure her home.

Hare says she lost everything like her clothing, shoes, furniture, bedroom set, personal items, and food. Like many others living on Hogarth Avenue, she's looking to nonprofits and religious organizations to provide essential items like non-perishable foods and hygiene products, but knowing another neighbor did not survive the explosion, Hare feels this outcome could've been much worse.

"I never went through this, but long as I'm here, that's what's thankful. I thank God that I'm here. I'm here. I do thank God. I thank the Lord every day that I was here. If I was here, I would've been gone or dead or probably in the hospital or something, but I thank God that I made it here," Hare said.

If you're looking to make any donations for essential items, you can find contact information for several organizations by clicking here.

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