Two people died after a gas leak caused a house fire on Bolton Road in northwest Atlanta. After firefighters put out the heavy flames, investigators with Atlanta Gas Light found a natural gas leak in the house’s front yard.
Atlanta Gas Light released a statement that said they will be working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate the gas leak. The NTSB, which investigates gas pipeline incidents, expects to publish a preliminary report within the next 30 days.
Odeisha Coats, a next-door neighbor, told Fox 5 News that crews have been testing for gas leaks at other homes in the neighborhood. Coats said, “We have not turned on our gas since yesterday morning after the fire because I am afraid, I’m actually traumatized that my house might be next to explode.”
Can I Sue a Gas Company for a House Fire?
Yes, you can sue a gas company for a burn injury or death in a house fire if there is evidence to support your claim. An experienced gas fire and explosion attorney will investigate your case to determine who can be sued.
If your family member died, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. While no amount of money could ever make up for your loss, suing for wrongful death will help you get justice and compensation for your loved one’s death.
Past Gas Leaks Linked to Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light is the largest distributor of natural gas in the southeast region. This is not the first time the utility has been linked to a catastrophic gas explosion. Last month, a construction crew struck an Atlanta Gas Light gas line in Alpharetta, causing a significant leak that forced residents to stay indoors. In 2021, a gas explosion at Arrive Perimeter Apartments in Dunwoody injured four people. And in 2018, a gas leak caused a rental house in Roswell to explode, sending two people to the hospital. Both residences received gas service from Atlanta Gas Light.
Talk to an Experienced Gas Fire and Explosion Lawyer
Pritzker Hageman is one of the few law firms in the country with experience representing families who lost a loved one in fire and explosion lawsuits. We have sued big Fortune 500 gas companies to win hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. Our gas safety legal team has appeared on news outlets including CBS News to call for more transparency and increased safety warnings from gas companies.