The idea of losing everything you own, including your home, your pets, and all your clothes except the ones on your back, is unfathomable to most of us. But in a matter of seconds, it became reality for Ryan Arreola of Moon Township, Pennsylvania. This BJJ purple belt and mixed martial artist was running about ten minutes late on his way home from work on Thursday, March 23 when a natural gas leak caused his house to literally explode, destroying everything inside and changing his life forever.
“My first thought was, ‘Are the dogs ok?’ I was in such shock and couldn’t believe that it was my house,” says Arreola, who trains out of Pride Lands BJJ in Monaca, PA. Although his dogs, Romeo and Major, initially survived the blast, they later had to be euthanized due to their injuries. For him, their loss was the biggest one of all. “My …
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