A gas line explosion in Coolidge, Ariz. killed two people and injured another early Sunday. Officials say the explosion was likely caused by a gas line break. Police received reports of a possible explosion after a fire broke out at a rural farmhouse near SR 87 and East Randolph Road. A neighbor told Arizona’s Family News, “It was like an earthquake. The whole house shook this morning.”
Rosalina Alvarez, who was inside the home at the time of the explosion, told police she escaped the burning home through a window. Rosalina sustained severe burn injuries and was flown to Maricopa Medical Center. Her husband Luis and their 14-year-old daughter Valerie sadly did not survive the explosion.
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Kinder Morgan released a statement that El Paso Natural Gas Company (EPNG) “experienced a pipeline failure.” The NTSB tweeted Monday that they are investigating the “rupture of a 30-inch natural gas transmission pipeline.” Nearby gas lines have been shut off. Pinal County animal control arrived on the scene to care for injured livestock.
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Gas line leaks and explosions are devastating and happen far too often in the U.S. Gas companies like Kinder Morgan have a long history of pipeline leaks and ruptures. Our law firm is one of the few in the country with experience representing gas line explosion survivors and families who lost a loved one. In a recent case, we won a $45 million recovery for a man who was severely burned when a gas line rupture caused his house to explode.
Our burn injury lawyers have made several appearances on CBS Minnesota to call for more transparency from gas companies to help prevent catastrophic explosions. After reviewing federal data, our investigative team found that U.S. states with outdated iron pipeline systems face a high risk for gas explosions. Attorney Eric Hageman says, “These explosions create instant zones of death. Natural gas companies are morally complicit in every failure.”