According to 3TV/CBS 5, a possible gas leak injured four men as the explosion collapsed the Platinum Printing building located at 4940 W Ray Rd Suite 1, Chandler, AZ 85226.
Around 9:30 a.m on Thursday, August 26, 2012, an explosion near Rural and Ray Roads destroyed the Platinum Printing building, injuring four employees. Two of the owners of the business were included in the injured. They were all rushed to the hospital to treat their injuries that included burns across their bodies ranging from 16% to 30%. Two men are in ICU, and one is in a coma, but all men are said to need surgeries for their injuries.
Witnesses and local residents described buildings shaking blocks away and a big bang noise that some related to a bomb or a truck crashing through their home.
As many as 15 businesses and Maxwell Preschool Academy were evacuated following the explosion. Between 20 and 30 residential homes were also evacuated, but officials have since allowed them to return. Crews are still working in the area to determine the cause of the explosion, but many suspect a gas leak under the parking lot.
Update September 7, 2021:
According to AZ Family, the explosion has been confirmed by Southwest Gas to have been an error on their end. The gas company released a statement that explained how premature degradation in the specific pipe type is more susceptible to leaks. Southwest Gas installed the pipe in 1999, and prolonged periods of pressurized inactive pipes along with elevated temperatures can produce risk. An internal investigation has begun to determine how the company missed the replacement of the pipe.
Arizona attorney Kevin Biniazan is an experienced gas explosion lawyer who represents victims suffering from injuries caused by negligence. During an interview, Kevin shared some insight on the legal options of victims affected by gas explosions.
Natural gas companies have a responsibility to ensure their businesses are safely maintained. These companies should implement regular maintenance and safety inspections making sure their communities are safe. If gas pipeline systems are not in safe working conditions or poorly maintained, an explosion can occur. These explosions can result in property damage, injuries, and sometimes death.
If a victim is affected by natural gas explosions, they may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the gas company. The victim could have a claim if the explosion proves to have resulted from the company’s negligence. Compensation may be awarded for property damage, medical bills, and evacuation costs.
Determining the cause of a gas explosion is a complicated process. Depending on the events that caused the explosion, more than one party may be responsible, including the utility company. Victims suffering from severe or fatal injuries are encouraged to speak with an experienced gas explosion lawyer.