Southwest Miami-Dade Home Torn Down in Wake of Explosion

The house was deemed unsafe after the blast allegedly caused by a mix of chemicals from a hydroponics lab

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    Workers tore down on Wednesday the southwest Miami-Dade home that was badly damaged in an explosion caused by a hydroponics lab last month. Daniel Espinoza, the attorney for homeowner Marsha Hernandez, spoke about the development. He also speculated that Hernandez's former tenants, who are accused of running a hydroponics lab in the home, are headed for Mexico.

    Workers tore down on Wednesday the southwest Miami-Dade home that was badly damaged in an explosion caused by a hydroponics lab last month.

    Marsha Hernandez raised her children in the home for two decades. But in a matter of hours Wednesday, the wooden beams and bricks that had once formed the foundation were demolished and dumped into several garbage bins.

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    “She’s just very sad that her home now has obviously been desecrated, literally, and she’s still angry a little bit at the tenants, because she’s been deceived,” her attorney Daniel Espinoza said.

    The house was deemed unsafe after an explosion Sept. 22 that rattled the neighborhood. The blast was allegedly caused by a mix of chemicals in a hydroponics lab run by tenants in the home.

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    Police have said that Erisbel V. Herrera, 36, and Maylen Del Castillo, 33, face charges of trafficking marijuana and child neglect. The suspects, who are still on the run, have two children, a 4-year-old and a 6-month-old.

    Miami-Dade Police said they believe the couple hit the road in a Nissan Altima and an SUV.

    “The chances are they are by the Texas border, headed for Mexico,” Espinoza said. “They need to get out of this country. There’s an arrest warrant. There’s arrest warrants out. They’re going to face time. There’s no ifs, ands or buts.”

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