Peoria home explosion: Mothers use each other as support system while children hospitalized

PEORIA - Doctors say the victims of a house explosion in Peoria are ready to start skin grafting.  The explosion that occurred October 16 left Beau Zimbro and his girlfriend Tiara Del Rio with burns covering more than half of their bodies.  Doctors estimate both will be in the hospital for at least another two to three months.

Meeting in a hospital where your child is on life support is the last place anyone would expect to meet the parents of the person their kid is dating, but that's the case for Zimbro and Del Rio's mothers.  The two women hadn't been introduced yet and met for the first time in the hospital under dire conditions. 

Beau's mother, Marie Zimbro said her new found friendship with Tiara's mom and the support they've found in each other has been a lifesaver for her.

"We've bonded, we had never met before, now we're just so close it's like we've known each other forever." Zimbro said.

Tiara's mother, Christina Del Rio, calls her daughter's boyfriend a hero.  Through tears, she said her daughter wouldn't be alive if it weren't for Beau.

"They were both on fire and he picked her up and carried her out of the house."

Zimbro said that's just the type of man her son is and she's confident he'll pull through.

"He's a good kid, a strong kid, he'll make it through," she said.

Wednesday's accident  was likely caused by natural gas line, possibly broken during home renovations in the past few weeks, however investigators said they're still looking into exactly what caused the blast.

Tiara tried lighting a candle just seconds before the blast. She and her boyfriend Beau were the only ones inside.

Family members have set up several fundraisers online to help pay for Tiara and Beau's medical bills.

One is called the Tiara Del Rio Fund .

There are also two car washes coming up. Both are on Saturday, October 26. One will be at 10 a.m. on the northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Peoria. The other at 9 a.m. on the corner of 75th Avenue and Peoria.

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