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House explosion victims still critical; families speak out

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A Peoria home near 79th Avenue and Cholla was blown to pieces by an explosion and we're learning new information about the two victims inside the home who were critically burned.

On Monday, the mothers of the victims talked to the media about Tiara and Beau's recovery. They both seem to be doing much better.

21-year-old Tiara del Rio and 32-year-old Beau Zimbro just started dating and were in Tiara's Peoria home when the explosion occurred. 

"Tiara said she lit a candle and then the house exploded," says Christina del Rio, Tiara's mother.

Investigators believe a gas line nicked during some home remodeling is to blame for the ignition. Both were burned over 50 percent of their bodies.

"Seeing our children for the first time I was trying to look for something to tell me it was my daughter cause I couldn't tell."

But as soon as she spotted her daughter's matching tattoo, and the awful reality sunk in. Tiara's brother is currently serving overseas and flew home to be with his sister.

"I just went out yesterday and got some stuff for her room, some posters and musical items so she can have somewhat of a home here," says Ryan Lewis-Turk.

Before the explosion, the two families barely knew each other. Now they seem to be inseparable. Beau carried Tiara out of the burning home.

"Her son is a hero. Cause if it weren't for him my daughter wouldn't be here, I firmly believe that," says Christina del Rio.

"We just appreciate all of our friends and family giving us their thoughts and prayers. It has been a hard time but we are dealing with it," says Marie Zimbro, Beau's mother.

Long term, they're expected to be ok, but some visible scars will remain.

Video: FOX 10's Andrew Hasbun reports.

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