A house fire and explosion near West Bend, Wisc. left two people with severe burn injuries Friday evening. Fire investigators suspect natural gas caused the explosion. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 3149 Norman Drive in Barton after receiving reports of an explosion.

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The 78-year-old homeowner and his son who was visiting from California were both airlifted to a local burn unit. The homeowner sustained smoke inhalation and third-degree burns.

A next-door neighbor told CBS 58 that when he went outside after hearing the explosion, thinking it was lightning. After noticing his elderly neighbor was missing, he rushed into the house and helped the 78-year-old man evacuate. The Washington County Sheriff says, “this man reacted in a manner that is nothing short of heroic.”

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Our law firm is one of the few in the country with experience representing burn survivors and their families. We have been representing clients in gas explosion lawsuits for the past 40 years. Attorney Eric Hageman recently appeared on WCCO-TV to discuss the home investigation process and the need for increased transparency from gas companies.

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Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman at the scene of an explosion investigation. Fred and Eric obtained a significant recovery for the family of a woman who died in the explosion.

Explosions are devastating. While no amount of money could ever make up for what your family has gone through, filing an explosion lawsuit will help you seek the justice and compensation you need to move forward with your lives.

If you or a loved one was burned in an explosion, it is important to talk to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. For a free, no-obligation consultation, please call 1-888-377-8900, text 612-261-0856, or fill out the form below.

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