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PG&E blamed for deadly gas line explosion

Posted on October 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Pacific Gas & Electricity Co. has been blamed for the gas line explosion that destroyed over a hundred homes in a San Bruno neighborhood and injured dozens of residents last year. A federal investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board says PG&E is to blame after, for nearly half a century, the company failed to properly maintain the gas line.

The investigative report by NTSB says that the company installed substandard pipes approximately 50 years ago. PG&E did not conduct proper visual inspections or pressure tests and therefore never noticed the problem. The NTSB claims that the company also placed a maximum gas pressure limit on the line that was too high for the type of pipe installed.

The NTSB also blames PG&E for allowing the gas to leak for nearly an hour longer than it should have if the company’s control room operators informed 911 of the source of the rupture.

If you’ve been injured or worse in a residential gas explosion, contact the residential gas explosion lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.

Explosion in apartment building causes fire,but no injuries

Posted on August 30th, 2011 No Comments

Twenty-one people in Sterling were  kicked out of their homes after an explosion occurred on the third floor of the apartment building.

There were no injuries in the fire, but the residential homes did receive damage. Most of the fire was extinguished by the sprinkler system, but the fire crews put out the rest of it.

A preliminary investigation showed that a gas leak from a water heater may have caused the explosion. Eleven apartment units were damaged as a result of the fire. The damage is valued at $300,000.

If you or a loved one has been injured after being involved in an explosion caused by a gas leak, contact the residential gas explosion lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., by calling 800-242-2874 today.

Explosion causes house fire, sends two to hospital

Posted on August 17th, 2011 No Comments

A California woman and her husband were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. for treatment after escaping a house fire caused by an explosion.

After hearing a loud boom coming from the residence, neighbors immediately went to aid the couple in escaping from their burning home. According to police and fire and rescue volunteers who were called to the scene, one side of the two-story home had been blown away in the explosion, and the fire was advancing through the rest of the house.

Fire marshals believe the home’s propane tank or multiple gas appliances could be to blame for the explosion. The husband was released from St. Mary’s with no injuries. The wife has been transferred to Washington Hospital Center for further burn treatment.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a house fire caused by a  propane or gas explosion, contact the Wisconsin residential gas explosion lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.

Sleeping man survives apartment explosion

Posted on April 1st, 2011 No Comments

A man that was sleeping in his apartment when an explosion caused the roof and walls to be blown off the building.

The investigation into the fire is currently being done by the fire marshal and other investigators. The initial results are leading them to believe  it was caused by a gas leak.

The building is located right next to a popular bar. The explosion caused items to be knocked off the wall, but no serious injuries have been reported at this time.

Explosions can happen when least expected. If you or a love done has been involved in a residential gas fire, contact the residential gas explosion attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., by calling 800-242-2874 todya.

Woman killed in home gas explosion

Posted on February 18th, 2011 No Comments

A 75-year-old elderly woman was killed after a gas explosion that caused the roof on her home to collapse.

Firefighting crews and other emergency personnel arrived at the scene to put out the fire that the explosion caused. Two elderly people were living in the home at the time.

Emergency crews found one woman beneath the fallen roof. Investigators are trying to determine whether the blast was caused by the elderly woman lighting the stove.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim in the explosion.

Gas explosion in Philadelphia injures 5 and kills one

Posted on January 26th, 2011 No Comments

Reports came in about a gas smell around 7:30 p.m. in the Tacony neighborhood and the fire department and employees from the Philadelphia Gas Works responded to the scene.

When they got to the scene, they discovered that there was a water main and gas main break. The PGW worked to shut off the gas, but the gas main exploded and a fireball shot 50 feet in the air.

An employee with PGW was killed and three more employees were injured and they required treatment at a burn center. The hospital is also treating a firefighter that was injured in the blast. The gas was shut off and was eventually extinguished by 11:00 p.m.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victims in the blast.

Authorities investigate residential gas explosion

Posted on June 21st, 2010 No Comments

Authorities are investigating the cause of a home explosion that occurred on June 20 in Concord Township.

The fire chief said that it looked like a gas problem, but it is not known for sure. They are hoping to have a cause by the end of the next day, although a full investigation will take several days. The blast turned a couple’s $460,000 home into a pile of shrapnel.

The family not only lost their house, but many possessions were destroyed in the explosion. Luckily, there was no one home during the explosion. More than a dozen homes were damaged in the explosion.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a residential home explosion, contact the Wisconsin residential gas explosion lawyers of Habush, habush & Rottier, S.C. by calling 800-242-2874.

Firefighters tackle a residential basement fire

Posted on June 4th, 2010 No Comments

Firefighters responded to a basement fire that was caused after lightening struck a tree next to the house. The call was reported by a girl who was babysitting small children in the house because she claimed that she smelled smoke.

Fire crews responded to the call and found that lightening struck the tree causing an electrical charge to extend to a propane gas line that lead to the residential home. The babysitter already had to children out of the house by the time fire fighters got to the site. The fire was extinguished with moderate damage throughout the house.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a residential fire, contact the Wisconsin residential gas explosion lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.

Gas line explosion kills one utility worker

Posted on May 7th, 2010 No Comments

Police are investigating a gas line explosion in Columbia Falls, Montana that killed a utility worker.

The blast occurred May 6, when Four NorthWestern Energy workers were responding to reports of a gas leak when the residential home exploded. One of the workers was killed in the blast and another one suffered non-life threatening injuries. The blast was very powerful and the home was leveled because of it.

Houses were being evacuated hours after the exploison and it took fire officials two hours to get the fire under control.

Gas explosions are very dangerous and cause extreme heartache for the friends and family members of people injured in fires. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all involved in this fatal accident.

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