East Chicago House Explosion Leaves One Man With Severe Burns

One man sustained severe burns to 60 percent of his body when an East Chicago house exploded and caught fire around 9:30 a.m. on June 9. Natural gas is a suspected sourced of the blast, but the investigation is still ongoing.

When fire crews arrived, they found the house located in the 3900 block of Evergreen Street, engulfed in flames and structurally compromised with its south wall collapsed. The found the man, believed to be in his 40s in the rubble of the home. He was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus by Superior Ambulance.

A neighbor told WGN9 that the explosion made a huge sound and shook his whole house. Others said they were not sure if the man who was injured lived at the house or was working there.

Crews from NIPSCO and the state fire marshal’s office were at the scene to investigate. Although natural gas is a suspected source of the blast, an official ruling on the source of the explosion has not been announced.

Natural Gas Explosion Causes

Naural gas explosions can occur if there is a leak in the line to the house or if a household appliance powered by natural gas such as a generator, water heater, range, stove or dryer was installed improperly, vented incorrectly, manufactured with a defect or is damaged and develops a leaking line, valve or hose.

The explosion attorneys at Pritzker Hageman represent clients nationwide and have won multiple settlements over $10 million for clients who suffered serious burns and other explosion injuries. Our lead lawyers for these cases are Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman. Read their FAQ on explosion lawsuits or request a free consultation.

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