ROGERS, Texas—A tragic gas explosion on Christmas Eve has left the community in shock and a family grieving the loss of their loved one. The explosion resulted in the death of Manuela Carrillo and left her husband, Fidel Carrillo, with severe burns as he valiantly attempted to save her. The rest of the family, who were also in the home at the time of the explosion, sustained injuries and are currently receiving medical care. The investigation into the reported natural gas explosion is ongoing, causing the road to their home to be closed off.
Neighbors and members of the community are deeply saddened by the loss of Manuela Carrillo, remembering her as a kind and devout member of the community. Maryann Ortiz, a neighbor, recalled her interactions with Manuela and expressed the impact of her passing on the Rogers community, stating that “It’s sad, devastated because we knew her. I just seen her. She was a big part of the family. Everybody loved Mrs. Carrillo.” The community has come together in support, with fundraising events and initiatives being organized to assist the Carrillo family in their time of need.
A breakfast fundraiser and a forthcoming event called Cars for a Cause are among the initiatives to raise funds for the family, with the support of the local community. In addition, donations are being collected to aid the Carrillo family, with local business owners, such as Petey’s Snowcones, stepping up to give back to the community that has supported them. The outpouring of support from the community reflects the unity and resilience of the Rogers community in the face of adversity.
In conclusion, the aftermath of the gas explosion on Christmas Eve in Rogers, Texas, has left a family grieving the loss of a loved one and facing the challenges of recovery. The community’s response, through various fundraising events and initiatives, showcases their solidarity and support for the Carrillo family during this difficult time. Donations can be made to the Carrillo Family Fund via mail at PO Box 99, Rogers, Texas 76569. The community continues to rally together, demonstrating strength and compassion in the face of tragedy.