Firefighters respond to about 100,000 natural gas explosions each year, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association. When natural gas ignites, it causes catastrophic explosions with significant property damage, serious injuries, and death.
If your family was impacted by a gas explosion, you should talk to an experienced burn injury lawyer as soon as possible because…
- Laws called “statutes of limitations,” which vary from state to state may significantly reduce the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit.
- It is important to start an investigation right away since explosions scenes are exposed to weather conditions and may not be secured from trespassers.
Our burn injury lawyers have been representing families in gas explosion lawsuits for the past 40 years. Pritzker Hageman is one of the few law firms in the country with experience representing burn survivors and their families. Our legal team has gone up against Fortune 500 gas companies to win hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
Explosion Lawsuit Investigations Reveal Common Causes of Gas Explosions
When you hire our legal team, we immediately begin an independent investigation to determine the cause and origin of the blast. Explosion lawsuits are complex. At Pritzker Hageman, we have the resources to work with highly experienced cause and origin specialists to determine what factors caused the explosion.
“It’s crucial to do an independent investigation in any case involving severe burn injuries or wrongful death. In doing so, we have found liability for things such as failure to comply with safety regulations, product defects, and failure to protect against a phenomenon known as odor fade.”Burn injury attorney Eric Hageman
Through lawsuit investigations, our burn injury lawyers have determined that the most common causes of gas explosions include the following.
1. Propane tank leaks
Because propane is invisible and odorless, a chemical odorant called ethyl mercaptan is added to it, which gives propane its signature rotten egg smell that allows people to detect gas leaks. A phenomenon called odor fade occurs when something happens to reduce or eliminate the smell of gas. If you were not able to smell gas before an explosion, you may be able to sue the company responsible for causing odor fade. For example, Pritzker Hageman represented a burn injury client who did not smell gas before a house explosion. Our investigation found that a propane tank was not filled properly by a gas company, which led to odor fade and ultimately caused the explosion that injured our client.
2. Gas line leaks and explosions
Gas line leaks and explosions are a serious and ongoing problem in the U.S. A recent investigation by our legal team found that gas companies have made little progress to implement safety measures that would protect people from deadly gas line explosions. Our burn injury lawyers have appeared on CBS News to call for more transparency and faster reporting from gas companies. Data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Association (PHMSA) shows that pipe corrosion causes 15-20% of all pipeline explosions. In a recent case, our law firm represented a man who was severely burned in a house explosion caused by corroded pipes.
3. Defective gas appliances
More than 177 million people rely on gas appliances in their homes to cook, provide heat, and dry clothes. When an appliance is defective, poorly serviced, or improperly installed, it can lead to a gas leak, which can cause a serious house explosion. Household appliances that can cause gas explosions include the following.
- Air conditioners
- Outdoor grills
- Water heaters
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Gas Explosions in the News
House Explosion in Berlin, MA Kills 1, Injures 1
April 14, 2023 – A 79-year-old woman died and another woman was injured in a house explosion in Berlin, Massachusetts. First responders arrived at around 3:30 AM to find the house on Pleasant Street completely leveled. Neighbors had rescued a woman who was trapped underneath the debris of a roof. Sadly the woman’s mother, who had just celebrated her 79th birthday, died at the scene. Neighbors described the 79-year-old woman as “a well-known pillar of the community.” Fire investigators say the explosion was likely caused by propane or natural gas. The Berlin Fire Chief said a company was at the house in the past few days looking into an issue with the propane system.
Gas Explosion at Memphis, TN Duplex Injures 1
April 12, 2023 – A 47-year-old man was injured when a gas leak caused his duplex house to explode in Memphis, TN. The Memphis Fire Department responded to reports of an explosion at a house near Lake Grove Street and Wren Road. A male victim was transported to a nearby hospital with burn injuries. Investigators say the explosion was caused by a gas leak.
Springfield, OH Apartment Explosion Kills 2 Sisters, Injures Baby
April 8, 2023 – Two sisters died and a baby was injured when a rental townhouse exploded in Springfield, Ohio. Fire investigators say the explosion was likely caused by a natural gas leak. Crews had already been dispatched to a nearby gas leak when the explosion at Ridgewood Court Townhomes happened. Sadly, 50-year-old Edeline Ducatel died in the explosion. Edeline’s sister Macdala Ducatel (age 39), died a few weeks later. Macdala’s 11-month-old baby girl is being treated at a hospital in Cincinnati. This explosion happened just two and a half weeks after three workers were injured in a propane explosion at a construction site less than a mile away.
Alaska Man Dies After Propane Leak Ignites House Fire and Explosion
April 6, 2023 – A propane gas leak caused a house explosion in Kasilof, Alaska, that killed 69-year-old Stephen Okkonen. First responders arrived on the scene at Mile 7.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road shortly before 5:30 AM Thursday. Sadly Okkonen, who was the sole occupant of the home, died at the scene. Alaska State Troopers say the explosion was caused by a propane leak.
Gas Leak Suspected in Townhouse Explosion that Injured 2 in Mount Clemens, MI
April 6, 2023 – A natural gas leak likely caused a townhouse to explode in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Two men were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. When fire crews arrived at North Rose Town Houses near Groesbeck Highway, the house was blown off its foundation. It took firefighters about 90 minutes to get the blaze under control and stop it from spreading to neighboring homes. Residents reported smelling gas before the explosion. Crews from DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are investigating with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.
Propane Explosion at Mammoth Lakes, CA Condo Injures 5
March 22, 2023 – Five people were injured when a propane leak caused a condo building to explode in Mammoth Lakes, California. Shortly before 9:30 AM Wednesday, first responders arrived at Val d’Isere Condominiums on 194 Hillside Drive. Crews found a building collapsed next to the pool area near the Village Ski Back Trail. They rescued two workers who were trapped under snow and debris. Soon after, they encountered a distraught man who said his wife and son were trapped in the building that collapsed. According to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, rescuers found the man’s wife in the kitchen. She was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. Their son, who was found in the bedroom area, was taken to a local hospital along with three other victims. An investigation is underway.
A Go Fund Me page was created in support of Arlene Bunch, who suffered critical injuries in the explosion. As she fights for her life in the ICU, her daughter Darlene said that she is a warrior and will be “dancing to her own beat” again soon.
Woman Burned in Gas Explosion at High Springs Rental House
March 19, 2023 – A 26-year-old woman was hospitalized with burn injuries after a propane gas leak caused a fire and explosion at a rental house in High Springs, Florida. The woman was inside her apartment near the Bellamy Road Estates neighborhood when firefighters responded to reports of a gas leak. She was transported to Shands Hospital with first- and second-degree burn injuries. Neighbors told CBS4 News that the woman is a travel nurse who was renting a tiny house in the neighborhood. Investigators found evidence of squirrels chewing through a gas line but the cause of the propane gas leak is still under investigation.
Barrow County House Explosion Kills 3, Injures 3
March 11, 2023 – Three people died when multiple propane tanks exploded and demolished a house in Barrow County, Georgia. Firefighters responded to the house explosion on Hidden Acres Road shortly after midnight. When crews arrived on the scene, they found the house fully engulfed by flames, trapping several people inside. Two burn victims were taken to the hospital by ambulance and a third person was transported by helicopter. Sadly, three people were found dead in the home. Officials say the explosion was caused by propane cylinder tanks.
House Explosion in Cache County Kills 1, Injures 2
March 9, 2023 – A man died in a house explosion that injured his wife and son in Cache Junction, Utah. The Mullin family was sitting down to dinner around 6 PM when their house on 5670 North SR-23 burst into flames. Sadly, John Mullin died in the explosion. Firefighters were able to rescue his wife Caryn and their son Joshua, who sustained severe burn injuries. Caryn was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital and Joshua was transported to Cache Valley Hospital. A Go Fund Me page was set up to help support the Mullin family, who are licensed professional pug dog breeders. Dogs found on the property are being cared for by family.
The cause of the house explosion is under investigation. Neighbors reported smelling propane gas when the blast happened. The Utah State Fire Marshal and liquid propane experts have been on the scene. On Monday, March 13, the Cache County Fire District announced that a fuel leak allowed propane gas to enter the home through the basement, which led to the explosion.
House Explosion in Elizabeth, CO Injures 4
February 26, 2023 – A house explosion in Elizabeth, Colorado, injured four people sleeping inside. When the blast broke out early Sunday morning, a couple living across the street helped their neighbors climb out of the debris until firefighters arrived. Two of the people injured were transported to the hospital. Fire officials say a second explosion started a fire that demolished the house. The Elizabeth Fire Marshall said flames were as high as 40 feet in the air. It took crews about three hours to put out the fire, which was fueled by breached gas lines. The cause of the Elizabeth house explosion is under investigation.
Texas Pipeline Explosion Kills 1, Injures 2
January 31, 2023 – Federal and state investigators are looking into the cause of a pipeline explosion that killed one worker and injured two others in Pearsall, Texas. Sources suspect that a gas leak may have caused the pipeline, owned by Targa, to explode as a maintenance crew worked on it. The maintenance crew was employed by Nexus Integrity Management, a Corpus Christi company that maintains pipelines. OSHA released a statement saying that their findings will be released when the explosion investigation is complete.
Grafton House Explosion Injures Elderly Couple
January 30, 2023 – A house explosion in Grafton, Wisconsin, left an elderly couple with non-life-threatening burn injuries. When fire crews responded to the scene on Surrey Lane, they found the homeowners in the driveway. The man was transported to St. Mary’s Burn Center for treatment. Investigators suspect that the explosion originated in the basement. The Grafton Fire Chief declared the house uninhabitable due to severe damage caused by the explosion. We Energies has been on the scene to check gas lines and look for other damage.
New Year’s Day Explosion in Philadelphia Injures 5
January 2, 2023 – A gas leak is the suspected source of a New Year’s Day explosion in Philadelphia that injured five people. The blast, which occurred around 2:45 a.m. in the 3500 block of Miller Street, destroyed two homes and damaged 43 others in the Port Richmond neighborhood.
Firefirefighers, who arrived at the scene within minutes, pulled two of the injured from the rubble and dug through debris to rescue another. All five of the injured people were transported to area hospitals where one of them remains in critical condition.
The Fire Marshal says the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
1 Injured After Gas Leak Causes House Explosion in Clinton, IA
December 21, 2022 – One person was burned when a natural gas leak caused a house to explode in Clinton, Iowa. At around 10 AM, firefighters responded to a structure fire on the 300 block of Thorwaldsen Place. Upon arrival, they found a resident outside with minor burn injuries. The resident was transported to MercyOne Clinton Medical Center. Investigators determined that a natural gas leak in the basement caused a fire in the kitchen, which resulted in an explosion.
Four Dead in Explosion at San Antonio Construction Site
December 9, 2022 – Four people died in an explosion at a construction site in San Antonio, Texas. The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office identified one of the people who died as 36-year-old Roger Huron. On Friday, the San Antonio Police Department received multiple calls about an explosion at K-Bar Services on the 9700 block of South Presa. The property spans 75 acres. at the time of the explosion, there were several work trucks, work equipment, and RVs on the property. According to KENS 5 News, witnesses told investigators that “someone was working on a gas line in an underground bunker.” An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause and origin of the explosion.
Two People Injured in Texas House Explosion
November 26, 2022 – Two people were hospitalized after a house exploded in La Porte, Texas. Firefighters responded to the explosion on Rocky Hollow road shortly before 12 PM. Neighbors reported that the explosion was so loud their homes shook. The cause is still under investigation but fire officials say a natural gas leak likely caused the explosion.
Indiana Woman Dies in House Explosion Likely Caused by Gas Leak
November 23, 2022 – A woman died in a house explosion likely caused by a gas leak in New Chicago, Indiana. Neighbors reported hearing two explosions that were so powerful homes from a mile away felt the impact. The New Chicago Fire Chief said that there would have to have been an “enormous” build-up of natural gas to cause an explosion that big. Investigators with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) have been on the scene.
Gas Rupture Causes House Explosion in Baltimore, 3 Injured
November 22, 2022 – A gas line rupture caused a row house in Baltimore to explode, sending three people to the hospital with burn injuries. A 70-year-old man, a 16-year-old girl, and a 48-year-old woman were transported to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center. When the blast happened, the man was trying to rescue the two women when the house collapsed. The Baltimore Assistant Fire Chief said a gas line ruptured when the house collapsed. Baltimore Gas and Electric released a statement that they upgraded the gas main that services the neighborhood in October.
Condo Explosion in Gaithersburg Injures 12
November 16, 2022 – Twelve people were injured when a condo building exploded in Gaithersburg, MD. Hundreds of firefighters responded to the scene at Potomac Oaks Condominium on Quince Orchard Boulevard. Twelve people, including four children, were transported to the hospital. Investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion. During the investigation, a K-9 unit discovered a body in the rubble. The person who died was identified as Juan Pablo Marshall Quizon, a new homeowner at Potomac Oaks. Quizon was connected to a 911 call made earlier that day by a woman who reported that her suicidal son was missing. Authorities were able to determine that Quizon died by suicide of smoke inhalation and burns. Inspectors are investigating appliances in Quizon’s unit to determine whether he ignited gas. An investigation is underway. Several residents reported smelling gas before the explosion. At the time of the explosion, contractors were excavating steam and water pipes in a parking lot about 50 feet away.
2 Injured After Gas Explosion at Rental House in Princeton, IN
October 15, 2022 – Two people were injured in a gas explosion at a rental house in Princeton, IN. The house, located on the 400 block of Hart Street, was divided into rental units. Four residents were inside when the blast happened. Two people were taken to the hospital with burn injuries.
Residents Diaghman Gibson and Tesia Crumbaugh told WFIE-TV that a maintenance worker was servicing a heater before the explosion happened. Diaghman reported smelling gas that morning and Tesia said they had been having issues with gas not working in their unit since they moved in several days ago.
Workers from CenterPoint Energy and Duke Energy were on the scene. Fire investigators determined that natural gas caused the explosion. The Red Cross is providing assistance to families that were displaced by the explosion.
Apartment Explosion in Pontiac, MI Injures 5
October 9, 2022 – An apartment explosion in Pontiac sent five people to the hospital with burn injuries, including an eight-month-old baby. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says the blast happened when a fire broke out at Arborview Village Apartments on Leonard Lane. Several residents reported a strong gas smell before the explosion. A neighbor told Local 4 News, “You don’t expect an apartment to just blow up out of nowhere.” Authorities suspect the explosion was caused by a gas leak but the incident is still under investigation.
Oregon Retirement Home Explosion Kills 1 and Injures Several Others
October 5, 2022 – One person died and several others were injured in an explosion at the Columbia Hills Retirement Center in St. Helens, OR. Columbia River Fire & Rescue arrived at the building on 36050 Pittsburg Road to find 31 units on fire. Fire crews rescued six people from the building. Sadly, one person did not survive. Several burn victims were taken to Portland-area hospitals. A firefighter and a police officer suffered minor injuries. Investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion.
Osage County House Explosion Leaves Man with Serious Burn Injuries
September 24, 2022 – 62-year-old Timothy L. Howey suffered serious burn injuries when his house exploded near Carbondale, KE. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office says the house on 11600 South Indian Hills Road was destroyed in the explosion. Howey was transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City with severe burns. Investigators are looking into a possible cause of the house explosion.
Man Dies in Maries County House Explosion Likely Caused by Propane Tank
September 20, 2022 – 58-year-old Wayne Boeckman died when his house exploded in Vienna, MO. Investigators say a propane tank likely caused the blast. When first responders arrived at the scene off Highway V in Maries county, they found his body in the basement of the house. It took search and rescue more than seven hours to recover the burn victim’s body in the massive amount of debris left by the explosion.
One Dead, 7 Injured in Apartment Explosion on Chicago’s West Side
September 20, 2022 – Eight people were burned in an apartment explosion in the South Austin neighborhood of Chicago’s West Side. The explosion happened at a four-story apartment building on 5601 W West End Avenue. At least 10 ambulances arrived on the scene to take six men and two women to Loyola University Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, West Suburban Medical Center, and Stroger Hospital. Three burn victims remain in serious to critical condition. Sadly, 29-year-old Shabron Robinson died from his injuries.
Fire investigators determined that natural gas and the improper use of an appliance caused the blast. Peoples Gas released a statement that said that gas service was working properly at the time of the explosion and that appliances are the responsibility of building management and/or residents. The building, owned by Urban Alternatives rental properties, has a long history of failing inspections with citations for failing to maintain properly working smoke detectors.
Woman Dies in Caledonia House Explosion
September 19, 2022 – 77-year-old Joanne Aimery died from severe burn injuries she suffered when her house exploded in Caledonia, MI. Investigators say the house explosion may have been gas related.
According to Aimery’s family, she was in bed at her home on the 1500 block of Fairwood Court when the explosion happened. First responders arrived at the scene to find her trapped on the back porch. The woman was taken to a local hospital where she is in critical condition. Neighbors say the woman is a widow who lived alone. The house, which had a for sale sign out front, was demolished.
Crews from DTE Energy arrived to cut off natural gas service to the home. Fire investigators say it could take several weeks to determine a cause.
Married Couple Dies in Freeport House Explosion [Updated]
Updated on October 3, 2022 – Bonnie and Alan Bawinkel died after their house exploded in Freeport, IL on September 3. The Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office says that d Bonnie (60) and Al (66) owned the home that exploded near U.S. Route 20 and Harlem Center Road. Both Bonnie and Al were airlifted to a hospital in Rockford with serious burn injuries. Sadly, Bonnie died on September 28 and Al died on September 30. A family member created a Go Fund Me page to help support the Bawinkels’ loved ones. Investigators are looking into the cause of the house explosion.
Colorado Apartment Explosion Burns Three
September 10, 2022 – An apartment explosion burned three people at Parkside Collective in Aurora, CO. The four-story apartment complex is owned by Holland Residential. Residents reported smelling gas and other “strange” smells before the blast at the apartment complex on 14565 East Alameda Avenue. The apartment explosion left three people with burn injuries – one of the burn victims was transported to the Medical Center of Aurora.
Hundreds of residents were displaced from their homes. The American Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at Gateway High School until residents can return home to retrieve their belongings. Investigators are looking into what caused the explosion that demolished the fourth floor of the apartment building. Investigators from Xcel Energy say their gas lines did not cause the explosion.
After the management company notified residents that the building department was not allowing anyone inside during the explosion investigation, the city of Aurora issued a statement that no city department was barring residents from entering the building. When residents were finally allowed to enter and retrieve their belongings, Aurora Police received dozens of burglary reports. The management company promised residents there would now be 24/7 security at the building.
LaSalle County House Explosion Kills Two
September 3, 2022 – Two people died in a house explosion in rural northern Illinois. The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office identified one of the burn victims as Robert E. Waters (59). A woman was also fatally injured in the house explosion at 3162 East 3rd Road. The cause is under investigation.
Man Burned in Propane Explosion at Brainerd International Raceway
September 1, 2022 – A 44-year-old man from Baxter suffered burn injuries after a propane tank exploded at Brainerd International Raceway. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office says the propane tank likely exploded inside a shipping container. Investigators are looking into whether a leak occurred. The man was airlifted to the burn unit at HCMC.
Gas Explosion at Missouri Home Kills 1, Injures 9
August 15 – A 3-year-old girl has died from injuries she sustained in a house explosion in Wyatt, MO that killed her father Corey Coleman, 23, and injured eight other members of her family. The Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office says the house explosion on the 500 block of Pecan Street was likely caused by a propane-fueled water heater or stove.
Evansville House Explosion Leaves 3 Dead, 1 Injured
August 10, 2022 – Three people are dead and another is hospitalized after a house explosion in Evansville, IN this afternoon. The explosion, which occurred just before 1 pm completely destroyed the home located in the 1000 block of North Weinbach Ave. and damaged 39 others. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has been called in to investigate.
House Explosion in Hopkins Kills Husband and Wife
July 27, 2022 – Herb and Sharon Vassar (85, 83) died when their house exploded in Hopkins, MN. The Vassars’ granddaughter told local reporters that her grandparents had lived in the house since the 1960s and were proud parents to five children and 10 grandchildren. Fire crews arrived at the house on the 200 block of 21st Avenue North after receiving reports of a fire and explosion. The Hopkins Fire Chief told Kare11 News, “In my 30 years plus, I have never seen an explosion like this.” Investigators from CenterPoint Energy, the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety and The Hopkins Fire Department released a statement on August 10, indicating that the explosion was caused by a faulty water heater repair performed by the homeowners.
House Explosion in Le Mars Injures 3, Gas Leak Suspected
July 13, 2022 – A house explosion in Le Mars, IA injured three people and caused significant property damage to three rental houses. Fire investigators suspect that a natural gas leak caused the house explosion at 321 3rd Street Southwest. The house where the explosion originated was being rented by Jeff Dimmock. Bill Anthony, who owns the three rental houses, was airlifted to the burn unit at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, NE. A man and woman who were also injured in the house explosion were taken to Floyd Valley Healthcare. In addition to the three rental houses owned by Anthony (315, 321, and 327 Third Street Southwest), 13 nearby houses and businesses were damaged in the explosion, including Kwikstar and The Friendship Tea House. MidAmerican Energy Company was called to the scene to investigate.
House Explosion in Glendale, WI Injures Man
July 10, 2022 – A house explosion in Glendale, WI left a 50-year-old man with significant burn injuries. Neighbors reported hearing a loud boom and feeling the ground shake when the house near Sievers Place and River Forest Drive exploded. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the house explosion. The North Shore Fire Rescue Battalion Chief says preliminary information shows that the homeowner lit a cigarette before the explosion. We Energies was called to the scene to turn off gas in the area.
House Explosion in Garfield Heights, OH Kills Three
June 12, 2022- Gerald Bateman, Cassandra Bateman, and Donald Malinowski died in a house explosion in Garfield Heights, OH. The cause of the house explosion is under investigation but investigators say gas has not been ruled out. The State Fire Marshal says the investigation will focus on the appliances and gas lines inside the house.
When first responders arrived at the explosion scene, they found extensive damage to the house on the 4900 block of East 81st Street. Doorbell camera footage from a neighbor showed that a series of smaller explosions followed the initial blast. Dominion Energy, the State Fire Marshal, and Garfield Police and Fire sent investigators to the scene.
Possible Gas Leak Explosion at Texas Church Injures Woman
A possible gas leak explosion at the Queen of Holy Rosary Catholic Church injured a woman in Fayette County. The woman was taken to Dell-Seton Hospital in Austin with burn injuries. Investigators say the explosion was likely caused by a gas leak.
Boat Explosion Along Illinois River Injures 14
May 28, 2022 – A boat explosion at the Spring Brook Marina along the Illinois River injured 14 people. One person is in critical condition. Authorities say the explosion happened during refueling. Thirteen people were taken to local hospitals and one person was airlifted to a hospital in Chicago. A marina employee was also injured in the boat explosion.
Pottstown House Explosion Kills 5, Injures 2
May 26, 2022 – A house explosion in Pottstown, PA killed five people and sent two others to the hospital with severe injuries. Officials say there are two other people who are unaccounted for. First responders arrived at the house on Washington Street and Butler Avenue after receiving reports of an explosion. Several homes in the area were damaged. A neighbor told NBC10 Philadelphia, “I heard a huge explosion…I thought a bomb went off.” The cause of the Pottstown house explosion is under investigation. Montgomery County authorities told local news that it was likely a gas explosion.
Woman Injured in La Grange Kitchen Fire Likely Caused by Broken Gas Line
May 25, 2022 – A woman was injured in a kitchen fire at her home in west suburban La Grange. When police arrived at the house on the 300 block of South Catherine Drive, they found a 90-year-old woman trapped on the second floor. The Fire Chief says a broken gas line likely caused the house fire.
Space Heater Likely Caused Trailer Home Fire That Killed Couple and Grandson Near Lake Mille Lacs
May 22, 2022 – A couple and their 6-year-old grandson died in a trailer home fire near Lake Mille Lacs. The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office says a space heater likely caused the trailer home fire on 28th Avenue in Wealthwood Township. Sadly. Jeff Cleys (69), Michelle Cleys (55), Grant Diehl (6), and two dogs died in the trailer home fire.
Gas Explosion at Indianapolis House Injures Man
May 22, 2022 – A man was burned in a house explosion caused by an appliance gas leak in Indianapolis. First responders arrived at the scene on the 3600 block of Dearborn Street to find severe structural damage. A man inside the house was taken to the hospital with burn injuries to his hands. Police say the house explosion was caused when gas leaked from an appliance.
Woman Burned in Propane Explosion at Dennis Cottage
May 21, 2022 – A woman was severely burned in a propane explosion at her cottage in Dennis, MA. The explosion happened when propane gas ignited after she turned on her kitchen stove. Crews arrived to find considerable damage to the house on Mayfair Road. The woman was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with serious burn injuries.
Propane Tank Leak Causes Shipping Container Explosion in Millersville, MD
May 5, 2022 – Two men suffered critical burn injuries in a shipping container explosion at a business in Anne Arundel County. The explosion happened in the 1500-block of Jabez Run in Millersville. Authorities say one man was burned after opening the container and the other was burned while trying to rescue him. According to investigators, the explosion happened when a piece of heavy equipment ignited from a propane gas leak inside the container. The first burn victim remains in the hospital with life-threatening burn injuries.
Explosion Likely Caused by Dryer Injures One in Newburgh, NY
April 30, 2022 – An explosion likely caused by a dryer left one person with burn injuries. The explosion happened at a house on 260 Gardnertown Road in the Cronomer Valley section of Newburgh. One person was transported to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Investigators are inspecting the structural damage to the house.
Propane Explosion at Virginia Duplex Kills Man, Injures Woman
April 15, 2022 – A propane explosion at a duplex in Franklin, Va. sent two people to the hospital with critical burn injuries. Sadly, one person, identified as Michael Wiggins, died at a Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. A neighbor told WTKR News that Wiggins “kept telling the people he smelled propane, and he said they never did nothing about it.”
First responders arrived at Berkley Court Apartments on the 600 block of Cameron Street shortly before 11 a.m. Neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion that shook their homes. The propane explosion that killed Wiggins also injured a woman who lived in a separate home. The woman was airlifted to a Richmond hospital where she is in critical condition.
A preliminary investigation determined that a propane explosion occurred at the duplex. As of Friday, April 29, residents in the Berkley Court community are still without gas and hot water. The property management company, Severn Companies, is waiting for a third-party inspection before using the gas lines again.
House Fire Likely Caused by Gas Leak in Monteville, ME
April 14, 2022 – One person died and two are in critical condition after a house fire in Waldo County. The house fire broke out at 50 Darci Lane in Monteville. Investigators say the Monteville house fire was likely caused by a gas leak involving a gas stove.
Apartment Explosion Caused by Propane Gas Leak in Seymour, CT
March 29, 2022 – An apartment explosion in Seymour, CT injured three people, sending two burn survivors to Bridgeport Hospital. A third person sustained minor burn injuries but declined treatment. Fire crews responded to reports of an explosion at the building near Maple and Pearl Streets around 2 p.m. Investigators stopped a propane gas leak after the explosion broke out in a basement apartment. The blast caused significant damage to the building.
5 in Critical Condition After Possible Gas Explosion at Friendly Garden Apartments in Silver Spring, MD
March 3, 2022 – At least five people were critically injured after a fire and explosion at Friendly Garden Apartments in Silver Spring. Fire crews arrived at the scene at 2423 Lyttonsville Road shortly before 11 a.m. After finding heavy fire on the first and second floors of the garden-style apartment building, crews called a second alarm for more help. A resident told WUSA9 News that he was sleeping on the third floor when he awoke to flames in his apartment. Around 10-12 people were sent to the hospital for treatment, and five people are in critical condition.
Sadly, this is not the first time a fire and explosion destroyed a garden-style apartment in Silver Springs. In January, a massive fire broke out at Flower Branch Apartments, leaving several dozen people without homes.
Minnesota Woman Dies in Gas Line Explosion While House Sitting in Le Sueur County
February 25, 2022 – Twenty-year-old Kailey Mach died in a gas line explosion while she was house sitting in rural Lexington Township a few miles northeast of Le Center.
An investigation in April 2022 revealed that a gas line leak caused the house explosion. The Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office says that a leak in the gas line outside the home caused gas to leak into the basement foundation, which built up enough to ignite.
When fire crews arrived at the scene, they found smoke rising from a gaping hole in the ground, which was all that was left of the house on 211th Avenue. At the time of the explosion, Mach was housesitting and caring for the dogs while homeowner Aric Holicky and his family were out of town.
Mach was studying elementary education at Augsburg College. Her friend told ABC6 News that “she always talked about how she was going to change the world by teaching the next generation.”
House Explosion in Royal Center, IN Critically Injures Man
January 23, 2022 – A house explosion in Royal Center critically injured a 51-year-old man. Jody Thompson was asleep in his bed when his house exploded shortly before 2 a.m. A neighbor went to check on the house on the 400-block of North Chicago Street after feeling and hearing an explosion. After hearing Thompson call for help outside, the neighbor rescued him and kept him warm in his vehicle until medics arrived. Thompson is in critical condition at a trauma center in Indianapolis. The house explosion is under investigation. This is the second house explosion to occur in Cass County in the last few months.
Gas Explosion at Bronx, NY Home Kills Woman and Injures Nine Others
January 18, 2022 – A gas explosion at a detached home in the Bronx killed a 77-year-old woman and injured nine other people, including two elderly women. More than 100 firefighters and EMS responded to the three-story residential building on Fox Street near Intervale Avenue in Longwood. A 77-year-old woman died at Lincoln Hospital. An 82-year-old woman and a 68-year-old woman were critically injured. Con Edison shut-off gas to the area. NYPD investigators are working with the fire marshal to investigate the official cause of the explosion.
Propane Explosion at Ice Fishing House on Upper Red Lake Injures 4 in Northern Minnesota
January 1, 2022 – A propane explosion at an ice fishing house on Upper Red Lake left four people with burn injuries. The ice fishing house was located more than two miles from shore on the Northeast side of Upper Red Lake in Waskish Township. Two men and two women were using a propane heater when they heard a hissing noise. After they turned off the valve, the propane tank exploded. The four burn survivors were transported to a regional hospital. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says their conditions are unknown at this time.
Man Severely Burned After Garage Explosion at House in Minneapolis, MN
January 1, 2022 – A garage explosion and fire at a house in Minneapolis left a man with severe burn injuries. The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to a call for a garage explosion at a house on the 1000 block of 13th Avenue Southeast. A neighboring garage also caught fire. One man was found in the back of his pick-up truck. He was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance and is in serious condition. The Assistant Fire Chief says that an explosion like this is “very rare.” Xcel Energy is investigating the incident.
Motorhome Explosion Severely Burns 3 Family Members in Utah
December 27, 2021 – A motorhome explosion in Utah left three family members with severe burn injuries. The Copeland family was traveling to Veyo when their converted Big Bird bus exploded. Kyle and Whitney Copeland used to live in Veyo with their four children before they sold their house to travel the country in a converted motorhome. Before the explosion, one of the Copeland children reported hearing “strange noises” coming from the propane heater. When the vehicle exploded, Kyle Copeland ran into the flames to save his 11-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. Kyle and the two children are in critical condition at a burn center in Las Vegas. Kyle’s father told KSL News Radio that his granddaughter sustained burns to 80% of her body. The rest of the children, their mother, and the family pet were uninjured. A family friend set up a Go Fund Me page to help support the family, who lost everything in the motorhome explosion.
House Explosion Likely Caused by Gas Leak Injures 2 Women in Vineland, NJ
December 15, 2021 – A house explosion likely caused by a gas leak that injured a woman and her mother in Vineland. The two women were inside the home on the 3700 block of Cornucopia Avenue when it exploded. A neighbor pulled one of the women from the rubble. He told local news that he heard her saying, “what happened…get me out, I’m stuck.” Fearing a second explosion after hearing a hissing propane tank in the rubble, the two made it safely across the street. Fire officials say a propane tank likely caused the explosion, although a gas line was also a source of gas for the house. The two women were transported to a local hospital. A family friend says the two women are actively involved in the community and volunteer for causes that support veterans and rescue dogs. Authorities are investigating the cause of the house explosion.
Gas Leak Causes House Explosion at Airbnb in Littleton, CO
December 12, 2021 – A gas leak caused an Airbnb rental house to explode in Littleton, sending six people to the hospital. Officials classified the house explosion as a “mass casualty incident” because of the high number of injuries. After the explosion, a fire broke out in the basement of the house. Fire investigators confirmed there was a gas leak at the house, but an ignition source is still under investigation. Xcel Energy released a statement that says they are working with fire officials to determine the cause.
House Explosion in Polk County, GA
December 11, 2021 – An elderly woman died in a house explosion in rural Polk County. Fire investigators say a propane leak likely caused the house on 73 Winkle Road to explode. The blast was so powerful that it blew the house off its foundation. Sadly, Faye Harrison (83) died at the scene.
House Explosion in Henderson County, NC
November 17, 2021 – A house explosion in Henderson County injured a father and son, who were transported to JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Fire officials believe propane caused the explosion. A neighbor told local news that a gas company filled propane tanks the day before the explosion.
Propane Leak Causes House Explosion in Charleston, WV
November 2, 2021 – A propane leak caused a house explosion that injured three family members in Charleston. The explosion on Kearse Drive was so strong that it blew out windows of neighboring homes.
Gas Line House Explosion in Rathdrum, ID
October 28, 2021 – One person was injured after a gas line leak caused a house explosion in Rathdrum. The explosion happened when a Ziply Fiber contractor struck a gas line while working in the front yard, causing the house to fill with natural gas. When power was restored, the gas ignited and caused an explosion. Avista Utilities is working with the fire department to investigate.
House Explosion in Chatham County, GA
October 25, 2021 – A house explosion in the Pin Point Community of Chatham County injured three people. Marcella “Marcie” Townsend, her 14-year-old son Christian, and her 4-month-old nephew were transported to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. Fire officials say a propane tank behind the house may have caused the explosion.
Officials Suspect Gas Leak Caused House Explosion in Allegany County, NY
October 4, 2021 – Fire officials suspect that a natural gas leak caused a house explosion that killed one person in Allegany County. Dan Michael Church (71) sadly died in the blast at his home on County Route 18 in Alma.
Apartment Explosion in Dallas
September 28, 2021 – An apartment explosion in Dallas injured eight people. Three of the burn survivors are in critical condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital. The explosion happened while firefighters were investigating a gas leak at Highland Hills Apartments. Although building residents reported the smell of gas for several days, Atmos Energy released a statement that investigators did not find any problems with its gas liens.
Apartment Explosion in Dunwoody, GA
September 12, 2021 – An explosion at Arrive Perimeter Apartments in Dunwoody injured four people. Fire officials say a gas issue likely caused the explosion. At the time of the blast, workers from Atlanta Gas Light were already on their way after receiving reports of a gas smell.
House Explosion in Akron, OH
September 6, 2021 – A house explosion in Akron injured an elderly man who was transported to the burn unit in Akron. Fire officials say gas likely caused the explosion. Dominion Gas Company is working with the fire department to investigate.
House Explosion in Maynard, MA
September 2, 2021 – A gas leak caused a house explosion that killed a man in Maynard. Fire crews responded to the scene of the house on Park Street after receiving reports of a gas smell.
Propane Explosion at Ruppert Landscape in Laytonsville, MD
November 30, 2021 – A propane explosion at a historic building in Laytonsville injured three people. Just hours before the explosion, occupants of the corporate headquarters of Ruppert Landscape reported a gas leak.
House Explosion in Northwest Township, OH
August 23, 2021 – A propane leak caused a house explosion that injured a woman and killed her husband in Northwest Township. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the explosion that destroyed the home on County Road Q.
Pipeline Explosion in Coolidge, AZ
August 15, 2021 – A pipeline explosion injured a woman and killed her husband and daughter. Luis and Rosalina Alvarez lived in their farmhouse for 15 years before a Kinder Morgan pipeline exploded on their property. Pipeline safety experts say the pipeline was not originally designed to carry natural gas, which may explain why the explosion caused a 46-foot section of the pipe to eject into the air.
House Explosion in Rome, WI
July 27, 2021 – A house explosion in Rome killed a former volunteer fire chief. Mike Revolinski was inside his home on Water Street when it exploded. Fire officials said in a press conference that they suspect a gas leak caused the explosion.
House Explosion in Tyrone, PA
July 26, 2021 – A house explosion killed one person and injured five others in Tyrone. The explosion happened when PNG was already on the scene after receiving reports of a gas odor.
House Explosion in West Bend, WI
July 23, 2021 – A house explosion in West Bend injured two people. The 78-year-old homeowner and his son were airlifted to a local burn unit. Fire officials say natural gas likely caused the explosion.
House Explosion in Lackawanna, NY
July 20, 2021 – A gas leak caused a house explosion that killed a 92-year-old woman in Lackawanna. Irene Sanok was the only person inside the home at the time of the explosion.
Gas Leak Causes House Explosion in Plano, TX
July 19, 2021 – A house explosion in Plano injured six people, including three children. Firefighters say an isolated gas leak caused the house on Cleveland Drive to explode. Atmos Energy and Oncor Electric were on the scene to investigate.
Apartment Explosion in Lafayette, IN
July 12, 2021 – Investigators say a natural gas leak caused an apartment explosion that injured a woman in Lafayette. Aleksandra Balac was transported to an Indianapolis hospital with thermal burn injuries after the blast on Cadillac Court.
House Explosion in Logan County, WV
July 12, 2021 – A house explosion in Logan County injured two elderly people, who were taken to Cabell Huntington Burn Center. Fire officials say natural gas caused the explosion in the Davin area on Route 10.
House Explosion in Fayette County, OH
July 10, 2021 – Propane gas caused a house explosion that injured a man and killed his wife in Fayette County. Investigators are working to determine the ignition source of the explosion on Good Hope-New Holland Road SE.
Pipeline Explosion at Atmos Energy Facility in Texas
June 28, 2021 – A gas line explosion at an Atmos Energy facility in Texas killed two workers and injured three. At the time of the explosion, contractors with Bobcat Contracting and Fesco Petroleum Engineering were servicing a gas line.
Gas Explosion at House in Camilla, GA
June 24, 2021 – A gas explosion at a house in Camilla killed a woman. Belinda Ann Yaremko (60) was inside her home on Sassafras Tea Road when a gas explosion caused a fire to break out. Fire officials say the explosion was caused by liquified petroleum gas.
House Explosion Caused by Propane Gas in Berne, NY
June 4, 2021 – Two people died in a house explosion in Berne. Investigators say propane likely caused the explosion on Hilltop Lane that killed Victor and Lois Porlier.