According to MSNBC, a gas main exploded in the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday evening, January 18, killing one person and injuring five others.
The article states that a gas and water main break was reported around 7:19 p.m., and the explosion occurred a little over an hour later, around 8:30 p.m. Witnesses at the scene of the Pennsylvania explosion accident said the explosion caused a fireball 50 feet high and shook the houses in the neighborhood. At least two homes caught fire, as well as a Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) truck. Nearby businesses and homes were evacuated due to the gas explosion accident. The fire was under control shortly before 11 p.m.
As a result of the explosion accident, one PGW worker was killed and four other PGW employees were injured, as well as a firefighter. The injured victims were taken to Torresdale Hospital, and a spokesperson for the hospital states that four victims are in critical condition. Additionally, one victim has been relocated to a burn center.
Authorities are investigating the accident, and the exact cause of the blast is unknown at this time. Other explosion accidents have been traced to improperly installed or maintained gas mains. There are federal rules and regulations regarding the upkeep of gas lines, which should be checked regularly by a gas company for any signs of corrosion or other problems so repair can be prompt. When these safety measures are overlooked, a catastrophic, fatal explosion accident can ensue. If a company or employer disregards the security of their workers as well as persons residing or conducting business near gas mains by failing to adhere to regulations, they can be held liable for any deaths or injuries that result from an explosion accident.
Often serious fires stem from a gas explosion accident, which can cause those nearby to sustain severe burn injuries. Burn injuries can be extremely painful, and victims may require extensive medical treatment, such as skin grafts or other surgeries. A Philadelphia gas explosion burn injury attorney can help victims injured in an explosion accident understand what legal options are available when pursuing compensation for their injuries and other related expenses. Call 1-866-735-2792 to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer from the reputed law firm of Anapol Weiss today.