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Fires and explosions in the United States make news on a daily basis. Set a Google alert for the term “home explosion” or “house fire,” and you will receive numerous updates.
Here is a sampling of a few headlines from the first few days of November:
Family of 3 flown to hospital after Greene County home explosion
From WPXI.com, Pittsburgh, Nov. 1: Investigators are trying to determine what caused a house to explode in Pennsylvania’s Greene County. The blast ripped the house in half and knocked it off its foundation.
Cody White and Samantha Adamson, who are in their 20s, and their 4-year-old son James were flown to a Pittsburgh burn center. The little boy suffered the most severe injuries, according to Joseph Petek, chief of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company.
“As far as the extent of injuries, that’s yet to be determined,” Petek said. “You can’t inhale too much heat.”
The explosion happened in the 100 block of Bowser Road in Morgan Township.
According to Petek, the explosion happened after White turned on the oven. “He went to cook his little boy something to eat,” Petek said. “He turned the stove on, and there was a big explosion.”
The home is a total loss and investigators, as well as People’s Gas, are still trying to determine the cause of the explosion. Donate to the family here.
Woman dies 4 days after Austin gas explosion
From KXAN.com, Austin, Nov. 1: Nicole Burton, who was injured in an Oct. 26 explosion at a home in Austin, Texas, has died from her injuries, the Bexar County medical examiner said.
A damaged service line may have contributed to the buildup of natural gas in the home.
Burton, 44, and an unidentified man were badly burned when their home on Bendridge Trail — just south of William Cannon Drive and east of Interstate 35 — exploded.
Texas Gas called it an “isolated incident,” and an independent expert is helping the company’s team investigate the cause. Company officials said there were “failures” found at a connection of a service line for a neighboring property.
“The failures appear to be caused by third-party damage to the service line,” Texas Gas said in a statement. “The cause of the damage to the service line is still under investigation.”
Texas Gas said there was odorant in the system, which gives the gas a smell and is a safety measure to help people detect natural gas in their homes.
The company is also working with affected neighbors. It added that it had not received calls for leaks until after the explosion.
Six hospitalized after Medford apartment fire
From KOBI-TV, Medford, Nov. 2: A main Medford thoroughfare was shut down due to an apartment fire that sent six people to the hospital.
Medford Fire-Rescue said just after 5:30 a.m. Friday, a fire started at Cedar Tree Apartments on East Barnett Road.
When the first firefighting crew arrived and saw flames through second-floor apartment windows, they gave the callout to upgrade the incident to a three-alarm fire.
East Barnett Road between Ellendale Drive and Crestbrook were closed as numerous agencies arrived to begin an aggressive fight against the fire. They were able to achieve a quick containment of the fire. However, two adults and four children were sent to the hospital. One of the children is in critical condition.
Medford Fire-Rescue said they’ll work on damage assessment to see if those affected by the fire need to be relocated. The American Red Cross is on hand to provide assistance if necessary.