Oklahoma family recovering after home suddenly explodes

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MEAD, Okla. – An Oklahoma community is coming together to help a family who was injured when their home suddenly exploded in October.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 16, firefighters were called to a home  along N. Ranchette Rd. in Mead after witnesses reported an explosion.

Family members say Wanda Tolbert, Bill Tolbert and Debbie Huggins were inside the house when it exploded. All three were rushed to a nearby hospital.

“They’ve been in the hospital, hospice care ever since,” said Shawn Springer, a fellow mason with Bill Tolbert.

Patricia Ferrell says her father suffers from a broken hip and is recovering in a nursing home.

“He was doing all his own yardwork before this happened,” Ferrell said. “And now he’s in a wheelchair.”

On Sunday, KXII reports that the community came together for a silent auction to raise money for the Tolbert family.

The home was a total loss, and investigators believe a propane tank was likely the cause of the explosion.

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