SHORELINE, Wash. -- From her Shoreline home more than 30 blocks away, Tashi Paldon could feel the impact of a house explosion in north Seattle Monday morning.
My bedroom was shaking really loud, she said.
Paldon thought it might be an earthquake, then learned it was an explosion. Before long, she discovered that her co-worker and best friend, Hong Ingham, was inside the home.
It's really sad, Paldon said. I hope and pray for her that she's going to get better.
Hong Ingham remained in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center Tuesday afternoon. Doctors are treating her for life-threatening burns.
Her husband, David Ingham, a Seattle City Light employee, was also injured in the explosion. He has been released from the hospital.
Hong has been a food service worker at theCrestwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a part of Crista Ministries in Shoreline, for nearly ten years. Her brother and sister also work there.
Hong is an amazing woman, said administrator Barbara Culley. She has an incredible smile. Our residents love her.
After seeing video of the Inghams' demolished home, co-workers are amazed the couple survived. They know Hong's recovery will be long and difficult, but they are optimistic she will heal.
She was saved for a reason, Culley said. She was brought out of that fireball and she has a purpose for her life. We miss her and we want her back soon.
Hong Ingham's employer, Crista Ministries, just set up a fund on the front page of their website to help the family: donate.crista.org/helphong.