Three people died, at least one was injured, and dozens of homes were damaged after a home explosion rocked Evansville, Indiana on Wednesday evening.
The names of the victims in this unthinkable tragedy have not yet been released.
More than a dozen agencies responded to the scene and authorities are in the process of determining what caused the massive explosion, which caused such a loud blast that neighbors from multiple blocks away could hear. This is the second fatal home explosion to rock the southern Indiana town in the last 5 years. On June 27, 2017, a house explosion killed two people and injured three others. While the cause of the explosion is not yet known in the wake of this catastrophe, the descriptions from eyewitnesses are consistent with a natural gas explosion.
If this explosion is, in fact, the result of a natural gas leak or defect in a natural gas system, this event would mark yet another preventable disaster. Natural gas explosions, sadly, have become an all-too-common part of everyday life across this nation.
Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C. and its team of lawyers have handled far too many fatal natural gas explosion cases. Unfortunately, these explosions tend to occur while people are in their own homes at their most vulnerable state. All too often, these explosions are the result of defectively designed or manufactured natural gas systems and equipment or negligence on the part of those tasked with ensuring that these ultrahazardous materials are transported and delivered in a safe manner. The most critical thing to do at this point is to secure the site and ensure that there is no additional threat to human life before doing a forensic analysis to determine what went wrong and how to prevent such devastation in the future. Attorneys from Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C. are standing by and available to comment as this tragic situation develops.