Posted on October 3rd, 2011
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.
Posted on August 30th, 2011
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.
Posted on February 18th, 2011
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.
Posted on January 26th, 2011
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.
Posted on June 21st, 2010
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.