February 20th, 2014
Gilbert Gas Explosion: 911 call released; neighbor helped victim
A gas explosion
has kept families out of their own neighborhood for a week. While the line in the neighborhood did not run to homes, it did run down the street and when a leak caused an explosion, a severely burned man was fortunate enough to be aided by his neighbor.
These explosions are happening with greater and greater frequency here in the Ohio Valley. From the drilling site fire last week in Greene County, Pa., to the Tyler County gas explosion last year to the Sissonville blast that shut down an interstate, the incidents are occurring more and more often. Property damage is the least of the worries when burns, sometimes over a person's whole body, can result from these event.
Companies need to be held accountable for their conduct in failing to properly inspect, repair and maintain gas lines so that leaks, particularly in residential areas, but really anywhere are eliminated.