Family members have confirmed that the youngest victim of the June home explosion north of Magnolia has been released from the hospital and his condition continues to improve.
8-month-old Wyatt Mock Smith was found in the debris of the home explosion, which ultimately took the lives of his grandmother and great aunt. He was found and rescued by a telephone company employee who was working across the street at the time of the explosion. Consolidated Communications telephone employee Bart Hogan and DPS Trooper John Bradford were among the first on scene, and along with nearby residents, joined in the search for the victims. Lena Mock Knight was the first to be found and told the rescuers that her sister and baby were still trapped in what was left of their home.
Hogan and Dobbin resident Paul Whitley were frantically searching in the debris when Hogan first saw Baby Wyatt's arm moving and rescued him from under the burning remains of the home. Shortly after, Trooper Bradford found Jennifer Mock alive, but trapped under a burning wall. Trooper Bradford was able to pull her from the home and together with other good Samaritans, moved all the victims to safety away from the burning remains of the home, where they cared for them until the arrival of Montgomery firefighters and Montgomery County EMS.
The investigation into the cause of this tragic incident is ongoing. Montgomery County Fire Marshal Office investigators are conducting a joint investigation with the Texas Railroad Commission to determine the source of the gas leak and the circumstances surrounding the explosion.
Family members and friends have established a benefit fund for the victims and their families, and a fundraiser will be held Aug, 4, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lone Star Community Center in Montgomery. For more information visit their Facebook site.