WAYLAND, Michigan – A Wayland family is grateful after escaping their home moments before it exploded.
“We had angels watching over us,” Joyce Llano-Montoya said.
It happened early Friday morning on Sunrise Lane. Wayland Fire Department officials say it is not known how the fire started.
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The house is considered a total loss.
According to Joyce, she and her husband, Alfred, fled with their two sons and grandsons after Joyce heard a loud noise coming from the garage of the house.
“I was sitting at the kitchen table drinking my coffee, but I was dozing off a bit, and I heard ‘POP!’ then I started hearing crackling,” Joyce said.
Joyce says one of her sons injured his arm in the incident, which required stitches, but everyone was physically unharmed.
Alfred, in a deep sleep at the time, says it felt like a dream when his family alerted him to what was happening.
“I didn’t even have my glasses, or my wallet, or my shoes, whatever,” Alfred Llano-Montoya said. “I just ran.”
The Llano-Montoyas say they bought the house 19 years ago.
“Lots of memories, lots of memories,” Joyce said. “All the grandkids coming in and out and my kids. Getting together for the holidays.
As the incident took what their family did over these nearly two decades, they want to rebuild with the hope that it will bring them another great future.
“The past is the past,” Alfred said. “We can’t do anything about the past. We just have to move forward. »
The family has been temporarily placed in a hotel while they settle a claim with their insurance company.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for clothes, shoes, and other immediate needs.
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