Dothan, AL (August 30, 2023) – A 78-year-old man died as a result of a home explosion that took place in Houston County.
On Tuesday, August 29, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of an explosion that occurred on Quail Drive. According to reports, the incident occurred at a home shop located in the Hodgeville community at around 6:00 p.m.
A fire overtook the building immediately following the explosion.
Authorities arrived at the scene and began battling the fire. One victim, identified as a 78-year-old man, was found located in a building that was detached from the main residence with fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A second victim was severely injured and transported by LifeFlight to a burn center out of town for emergency treatment.
The circumstances surrounding the explosion are being investigated.
We hope the injured victim recovers quickly.
Our condolences go out to the family of the man who died in this explosion.
Fatal Explosions in Alabama
Each year, explosions take the lives of countless people across the United States. Unfortunately, home explosions tend to be some of the most devastating incidents that we see rock our country. Not only do these incidents cause severe damage to structures, but they can ultimately lead to the loss of life.
There are many reasons why we continue to see fatal home explosions take race across the United States. Some of the leading factors in these explosions here in Alabama include:
- Gas Leaks: When there is natural gas or propane building up inside enclosed spaces, the spark of a flame can cause it to ignite and completely destroy a home.
- Defective Appliances: When gas-powered appliances, such as water heaters, furnaces, and stoves, malfunction, it can lead to a gas leak or even an explosion.
- Electrical Issues: When homes are filled with overloaded circuits, faulty wiring, or even exposed wires, they can generate sparks that end up igniting flammable materials and causing explosions.
- Improper Storage: When home or business owners fail to store combustible materials safely and out of harm’s way, it can result in devastating explosions and fires.
If your loved one has died as a result of a fatal explosion, your family may have legal options. You should reach out to a building explosion lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to investigate the incident and determine the best course of action.
At Burg Simpson, we take pride in being able to provide a team of nationally recognized explosion attorneys who are dedicated to getting justice for families affected by explosions. Our decades of experience and understanding of the complex challenges that are associated with such explosion cases allow us to work together toward achieving an outcome that will be beneficial to all those involved. If you or someone you know needs our assistance, please reach out to our national explosion law firm today at (888) 895-2080 so that we can get started on helping you seek justice and hold the negligent party accountable.