Elderly Glendale man, woman recovering after house explosion
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GLENDALE - Marvin Engler has lived in his neighborhood for years.
Now, his family says it's a miracle he's alive.
There were screams coming from a house in Glendale on Iroquois Avenue seconds after an explosion rocked the neighborhood Saturday at about 6:15 p.m.
"Help me! Help me! They heard him yelling," says neighbor Nancy Pfannerstill. "The whole front of the house blew out!"
Witnesses rushed in to save 88-year-old Marvin Engler. He was surrounded by rubble and flames.
"My other two neighbors got into the home and I pulled him out in the front of the yard," says neighbor Peter Gilbert.
Marvin's cousin, Charles Engler, came to see what happened. He says without the neighbors' help, his cousin would not be alive.
"He's been sick, he's been ailing for a long time, he's been in and out of the hospital," says Charles Engler.
Engler and his caretaker remain in the hospital burn unit. He's listed in serious condition, she's in critical condition.
Marvin's family is at a loss for words.
"It's just unbelievable, i just can't believe it," says Charles Engler.
Five other people were hurt in the explosion, including a firefighter and two police officers. There's no word yet on the cause of the explosion. Investigators say that could take weeks to determine.