Flint, MI (November 24, 2021) – Two people were killed and two more were injured when a home exploded in Flint on Monday, November 22nd.
Sources reported that a residence near the intersection of Nerda Avenue and Hogarth Avenue exploded, leaving it decimated and heavily damaging seven other homes in the area.
Witnesses said that windows were blown out on houses farther from the center of the blast, which was felt as far away as Grand Blanc and Burton, and registered 3.4 on the Richter scale.
Residents in the area were evacuated.
Officials said that two people died in the explosion: a four-year-old girl and a 55-year-old woman who was found in a nearby home.
The 4-year-old girl was believed to be missing until fire crews located her body on Tuesday.
The mother of the girl and a man were also injured in the blast. The man was badly burned.
Officials are still checking the damage to the area and have not yet decided whether the buildings in the area are safe enough for residents to retrieve their belongings. As a safety precaution, power to the area has been shut off.
The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined but unconfirmed reports indicate that the blast is associated with the rupture of a natural gas pipeline or other gas utility service. The utility company that provides natural gas to the neighborhood where the explosion took place, Consumers Energy, released a statement acknowledging the possibility that an incident related to natural gas service was the underlying cause of the explosion.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Gas-Related Explosions in Michigan
Flammable materials, such as gas, are used by many people every day. Although we depend on them for multiple reasons, just one errant spark or change in pressure could produce disastrous results. The companies that regulate the distribution and flow of explosive gases have a responsibility to protect their customers from injuries and deaths that often accompany catastrophic failures.
One frequent cause of gas explosions is an unexpected change in the pressure inside a line. A substantial change can cause pipes or valves to fail, forcing too much gas through the line too quickly.
Failures can also occur when gas is present in the atmosphere. Gas stations that do not flush spills or hardware stores that neglect to check the structural viability of their propane tanks can be liable for the outcome should those gases become ignited and cause injuries or deaths.
A Michigan explosion accidents attorney can help injured plaintiffs or their surviving family members determine the exact cause of an explosion and tie that cause to defendant negligence.
Flint Wrongful Death Lawyers
Our Flint wrongful death attorneys are available 24-hours a day to help grieving families by answering any questions they may have concerning the legal avenues available to them after suffering the unexpected loss of a loved one.
Michigan Legal Center’s residential explosion attorneys in Flint work hard to make sure you understand your legal rights after losing a loved one in a preventable Michigan car accident. Our firm helps victims hold the at-fault person or entity accountable and collect the full amount of financial compensation for medical treatment, lost income, and any other damages resulting from the accident.
If your family member lost their life in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys in Michigan at (248) 886-8650 to learn about the legal options available to you.
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