Fox 5 New York has reported that a gas explosion caused a building to collapse near the intersection of Fox Street and Intervale Avenue in the Longwood section of the Bronx, NY.
At approximately 10:53 a.m., a gas explosion caused a two-alarm fire in the building before it collapsed. Within minutes, the fire department was on the scene, trying to put out the fire and rescue residents. Two residents were in the building when it exploded. EMS members got them out of the building for quick transport to a nearby hospital. One victim, a 77-year-old, was killed, and the other has been reported in serious but stable condition. Another resident, an 82-year-old woman, was also injured but reported in stable condition. At least five firefighters were also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Con Edison, the gas company, has since shut off service to the area. Crews are still investigating the cause. The explosion leveled one of the townhouses, and the two on either side will need to be demolished. Some other homes were damaged but should be able to be repaired.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville is an experienced gas explosion attorney in the state of New York. Laurence represents victims who have suffered injuries during a gas explosion or building collapse. During a recent interview, Laurence explained the legal options available to victims injured in gas explosions.
"Gas companies that provide piped gas to residents have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of the residents they serve. These companies have a duty to conduct regular maintenance and safety inspections to ensure the communities are safe from leaks. An explosion could occur if a gas pipeline system is not in safe working conditions or maintenance has been neglected. These explosions can often result in devastating property damage, severe injuries, or even death."
"When gas explosions injure a victim, they could have reason to pursue a lawsuit against the gas company if it is found to have acted negligently. In many cases of negligence, financial compensation may be available for property damage, medical bills, and evacuation costs. However, identifying the cause of a gas explosion is a complicated process. In some cases, more than one party may be responsible, including the gas company. Victims and the families of those who have suffered from serious or fatal injuries should speak with an experienced gas explosion lawyer."