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Father, fiancé learned of home explosion via scanner at work

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It's hard to imagine the horror of learning your house blew up with your fiancée and your children inside, but Troy Haugen doesn't need to imagine. That is the reality he is coping with as his family recovers at Regions Hospital.

There is no doubt that the past 48 hours have been difficult. Haugen's home exploded on Saturday morning while he was at work -- and while his three children were inside with their mother.

Haugen told FOX 9 News he first heard the call for help on a scanner at work.

"It came out that a house across from my neighbors' blew up," he recalled. "We didn't know what house it was."

Haugen said he tried to call his fiancée of five years, Sonja Timmons, but could not reach her. He was leaving work when Timmons' cousin called to tell Haugen it was his home that had exploded.

Officials are still looking for the cause of the blast, but Haugen said it happened when Timmons lit a cigarette. She then ran out of the home carrying her 2-year-old while her 8-year-old daughter followed behind. A neighbor rushed inside to save the couple's youngest child, a girl just 2 months old.

Since then, his family has been staying at Regions Hospital while they begin their long road to recovery. Timmons is still in critical condition, along with her 8-year-old daughter, Kaylee; however, she opened her eyes on Sunday.

"I was happy -- I was ecstatic," Haugen told FOX 9 News. "Wish I would have been there when it happened."

Haugen's 2-year-old daughter, MKena, is in serious condition and his 2-month-old daughter, Jadyn, is in good condition, but recovering from the blast won't be easy. Haugen says there will be many surgeries and months of rehabilitation in the months to come, but he's trying to stay strong for his family.

"It's hard. You don't ever expect something like this to happen. You can't prepare yourself for what you are doing," he explained. "It's a day-by-day thing. Wait -- and it's all I can do, is wait."

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