Pritzker Hageman Lawsuit: Gas Utility’s Neglect Led to Fatal KY House Explosion

Explosion lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of three people who died in a Wolfe County, KY house explosion. The suit, filed in Wolfe Circuit Court in Kentucky, alleges that Troublesome Creek Gas Corp. failed to adequately respond to concerns about the smell of gas.

Six people were inside the home, located on Harvest Church Loop Road, when the blast occurred around 3:30 p.m. on November 23, 2019. Phillip Vanderpool, 52, and his wife Sueann Vanderpool, 48 were killed instantly. Albert Vanderpool, 80, was injured and died days later.

According to the lawsuit, family members had called Troublesome Creek to complain of a gas smell at least four times in the five days preceding the explosion. On one visit to the home, a technician from the utility did not conduct any gas readings. On another visit, a technician came and did no repairs. The family called twice more with no response. On November 23, technicians came to the house and conducted an inspection. They told the family they were leaving and would return and that it was safe to reenter the home. Thirty minutes after they left, the home exploded.

Attorney Eric Hageman
Attorney Eric Hageman

“They had the right to expect that the gas company would let them know if there was a gas leak or any other unsafe condition. Instead, the opposite occurred,” Explosion Lawyer Eric Hageman told WYMT.  “The gas company told the Vanderpools the home was safe and, as a result, three people died in an explosion. The Vanderpool family has suffered tremendously and they are simply seeking some accountability for this needless tragedy.”

Pritzker Hageman explosion attorneys represent clients nationwide and have secured multiple settlements of more than $20 million for their clients. For a free consultation with our Explosion Team, call 1 (888) 377-8900 (toll-free), text 612-261-0856 or complete the form below.

We are not paid unless you win. Submitting this form does not create an attorney-client relationship.

Share this article:

Category: Explosion, Fire and Burn Injuries
Ready to talk?

We're here to listen. Tell us what happened to you.

We are not paid unless you win. Submitting this form does not create an attorney-client relationship.

Related Articles