Fatal Explosion and Fire
Gas safety reforms arise from leaks, deaths, explosion injuries

A gas explosion lawsuit that made headlines in Minnesota was settled in 2018, a year that also gave rise to state and federal initiatives for natural gas safety reforms. Explosion lawyers who represent victims and their families support the changes…

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Electrical Fire Risk Increases in Winter Months

The risk of electrical fire in residential settings increases during winter months, according to a recent study by the U.S. Fire Administration.  Thirty-two percent of the 24,000 electrical fires that occurred during that time period took place during the months of…

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Was Design Flaw a Factor in Husky Superior Explosion?

A design flaw may have played a role in an April 2018 explosion at Husky Energy’s oil refinery in Superior, WI that injured 20 people, according to a recent report by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The…

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Explosion lawyers condemn failures in pipeline explosion

Explosion lawyers Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman condemned the failures of a horizontal drilling company and two other firms involved in a botched, deadly installation of underground conduit that blew up in Canton, Illinois. The attorneys, who represent burn victims…

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One of Four Injured in Markwest Explosion in Washington, PA Dies

Updated 12/21/18 An explosion at the Markwest Energy natural gas processing plant in Washington, PA on December 14, 2018, injured four people. All four were airlifted to nearby hospitals for treatment of burns and other explosion injuries. One of them Jeffrey…

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Payne Ave. House Explosion Injures 1 in St Paul

A house explosion in the 600 block of Payne Ave. in St. Paul injured one person this morning. John Lundahl, the 80-year-old property owner, was transported to Region Hospital where he is being treated for burns and other explosion injuries. The blast,…

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Heather Gardens Senior Living Explosion, Fire in Aurora CO Turns Deadly

Two people were injured and another person died in an explosion and fire at Heather Gardens Senior Living community in Aurora, Colorado on November 16. Emergency responders transported one resident and one firefighter to an area hospital where they were treated…

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Austin Residents Grieve and Worry After Fatal House Explosion

Residents of a South Austin neighborhood are mourning the loss of Nicole Burton, 44, who died from injuries she sustained in a house explosion on October 27, 2018. A buildup of gas caused by damage to a gas line at a…

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Greenwood, SC Explosion Injures 3 Adults, 2 Children

Three adults and two children were injured in an apartment explosion in Greenwood, SC on November 4. One of the children suffered a skull fracture and at least one of the adults was airlifted to the JMS Burn Center in…

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Chesapeake Gas Explosion Leaves 2 in Critical Condition

Nine people were injured, two of them critically, in a natural gas house explosion and fire in Chesapeake, VA on October 14. Neighbors rushed to the aid of homeowners Don and Faye Berry who were trapped beneath the rubble that once…

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Harper Woods House Explosion Injures 3 in Michigan

Three people were injured when a house in the Detroit suburb of Harper Woods exploded on September 21. Fire officials say a natural gas buildup was the source of the blast that leveled the home, located at 20839 Lennon, around 10:30 that…

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Metal-Matic Explosion, Fire Injures 2 in Minneapolis

Two people were injured in an explosion and fire at a metal processing plant in Minneapolis’ Marcy-Holmes neighborhood this afternoon. The blast, which is believed to have originated in a metal dust collector at Metal-Matic Inc., located at 629 SE 2nd St., occurred around…