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Woman blows up home in attempt to end own life

Published On: Mar 11 2014 12:27:49 AM CDT
East Keswick Dam Rd home explosion
REDDING, Calif. -

An overnight explosion in North Redding shook an entire neighborhood, and has left a family devastated.

The Redding Police Department, Redding fire fighters and paramedics responded to the 3700 block of East Keswick Dam Road near Mariposa Drive at around 2:30 a.m. Monday for multiple reports of an explosion.

Investigators said the woman who sparked the explosion intentionally flooded the house with natural gas – then lit a cigarette, in an attempt to kill herself.

Neighbors said after the explosion, they saw the woman walking around outside, yelling and moaning in pain.

"It was hard, it was really hard for me. I got really sick at a point and just had to tell myself to stay strong for my family,” explained 16-year-old Tanna Paulson, the daughter of the woman who attempted suicide.

The woman was rushed to Mercy Medical Center for immediate treatment. Her daughters were by her hospital bedside in Redding early this morning.

"She had tubes down her throat, and her neck had burns on it. A lot of her hair was gone and her eyes were swollen shut. And I talked to her, she can hear us but she can't really say anything back at this time," explained Paulson.

Her mother has since been transported to the UC Davis Burn Center in the Sacramento area.

As of before 4 p.m. today, she was listed in critical condition.

Paulson said her mother had been going through the foreclosure process on their home for quite some time. The teen thought the house that she grew up in would be saved. That was, until they received a notice to vacate the home.

Paulson said her mother did show signs she was struggling, prior to the early morning suicide attempt.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, reach out for help. There’s a 24-hour Lifeline for the National Suicide Prevention program. There number is 800-273-TALK.

They say no matter what the problem is, you or someone you know, could be dealing with – you don’t have to deal with it alone. Trained crisis counselors are always there to listen.