Three Killed, Two Missing after Gas Explosion Accident in Allentown, PA
According to The Morning Call, a gas explosion accident occurred late Wednesday night, February 9, leaving at least three dead. Two others are missing, and eight injuries related to the blast have been reported, all of which are minor.
The explosion occurred at about 10:45 p.m., and prompted a blaze which witnesses have said was hundreds of feet in the air. Two homes were completely leveled by the blast, and six neighboring houses caught fire. The article reports that a total of 47 properties were affected by the explosion, and at least 600 people were evacuated from the area.
Holes needed to be dug into the ground to cut off the gas flow to the area, and fire fighters worked all night to contain the blaze. By about 4:30 a.m., the gas leak was under control.
UGI Corp. stated early Thursday it is likely one of its natural-gas pipelines exploded. While authorities will investigate the accident to conclude what caused the natural-gas pipelines to explode, typically, similar explosion accidents are determined to have been caused by gas mains that have not been installed or maintained properly. Rules and regulations dictate that gas companies should regularly check gas lines for signs of problems, such as corrosion, so repair can be prompt to prevent explosion accidents from occurring. When these precautions are overlooked, a catastrophic or even fatal explosion accident can occur. If it is found that a gas company disregarded the safety of their workers as well as area residents by failing to follow proper regulations, they could be held liable for any injuries or deaths that result from a gas explosion accident.
If you have been severely injured in an explosion accident, contact Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP. For many years, our Pennsylvania gas explosion accident lawyers have helped explosion accident victims and their families receive compensation to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call 1-888-684-7192 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys today.