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Texas couple killed after their new dream vacation condo in Mexico explodes

A Grand Prairie couple who had just bought their dream vacation home in Mexico both died after the condo exploded, according to family members.

Gabriel Nunez and his wife Marcela Caballero arrived in Tulum, Mexico, on Nov. 17 to furnish and decorate their new condo. The next day the apartment exploded while the couple slept, their daughter Brenda Saldana told Star-Telegram media partner WFAA-TV.

Nunez and Caballero were critically injured with third-degree burns. They were airlifted to a Mexico City hospital where Nunez died the day after Thanksgiving, according to WFAA. Caballero died Nov. 29.

“It was all so sudden and a shock to both me and my brother and right now, we’re just trying to figure out everything out on our own,” Saldana told WFAA.

Saldana said at first she couldn’t believe it when she learned of the explosion. Her mother had just sent her a video of the newly-furnished apartment, WFAA reported.

“It was a brand-new property,” Saldana told WFAA. “So I never would think that could have happened.”

Dallas lawyer Juan Hernandez has filed a lawsuit against the property owners of Selva Norte, where the explosion happened.

Hernandez told WFAA that explosions like this are not uncommon in Mexico, especially in areas where there are a lot of new buildings. In this case, residents at Selva Norte had complained about gas leaking the day before Nunez and Caballero’s condo exploded.

“Personal injury is almost nonexistent in Mexico, save for except a few situations,” Hernandez said to WFAA. “This may be one of them where the developers are going to be held liable criminally.”

Nunez and Caballero leave behind a 22-year-old daughter Brenda and a 17-year-old son.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the couple’s medical expenses and funeral costs.

“There is a lot of people in need. This family is certainly one of them,” Hernandez told WFAA.

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by Anonymousreply 12December 3, 2023 10:21 PM

If the world weren't such a dark place, I wouldn't find this so funny.

by Anonymousreply 1December 3, 2023 7:01 PM

Isn't Tulum where influencers go to party, listen to techno shit music and take drugs?

by Anonymousreply 2December 3, 2023 7:05 PM

Our country isn't perfect, but this is why we agencies in our State and Federal governments, which protect against this sort of thing.

In Mexico, there are no such protections.

Buyer beware.

by Anonymousreply 3December 3, 2023 7:08 PM

¡Aye Carumba!

by Anonymousreply 4December 3, 2023 7:27 PM

It blowed up real good!

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by Anonymousreply 5December 3, 2023 7:35 PM

[quote] It blowed up real good!

Better than Will Smith's bussy after a night with Duane Martin!

by Anonymousreply 6December 3, 2023 7:39 PM

They probably left some paint or chemical near a stove or fireplace. I was varnishing something in the kitchen once and felt this eerie feeling that the pilot light and the varnish funes were... 'connecting'. I ran out to the porch with the furniture and I think I prevented a serious accident.

by Anonymousreply 7December 3, 2023 7:44 PM

New construction put up quickly in a country without regulation and rife with bribery. They probably didn't think to bring a home inspector down to examine the property.

by Anonymousreply 8December 3, 2023 10:16 PM

[quote]“It was all so sudden and a shock to both me and my brother and right now, we’re just trying to figure out everything out on our own,” Saldana told WFAA.

"Like, where are we going to stay for Christmas and New Year's?

by Anonymousreply 9December 3, 2023 10:16 PM

[quote]I ran out to the porch with the furniture...

Who got there first?

by Anonymousreply 10December 3, 2023 10:17 PM

Rest in pieces.

by Anonymousreply 11December 3, 2023 10:21 PM

You can't go home again.

by Anonymousreply 12December 3, 2023 10:21 PM
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