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'I couldn't get to her. I tried,' says mother of 3-year-old blast victim

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Family of 3-year-old who was killed in the Flint home explosion speaks

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -- A Flint mother is recalling the terrifying moments, when her home exploded Monday night on the west side of the city.

Flames from the explosion injured her boyfriend, David, and claimed the life of her 3-year-old daughter, NuVeah Lucas.

Family of 3-year old killed in house explosion speaks about heartbreaking loss

The explosion was so powerful that it damaged several nearby homes in the 3900 block of Hogarth Avenue Monday night. It also claimed the life of a 55-year-old neighbor.

The mother of NuVeah told ABC12 that the flames were so intense, that she was unable to get to her daughter.

"Everything happened so fast," Alyshia said. "The boom, then the ceiling falling on us, then fire. It was everywhere. I couldn't get to her, I tried."

Family identifies 3-year-old killed in Flint house explosion

The family called David a hero because he shielded her from harm. He is currently fighting for his life in the hospital.

Family members told ABC12 they have no idea what caused the home to catch fire.