In the pre-dawn hours last Friday, a wife smelled the odor of gas in her home. Her husband investigated and discovered the origin of the gas odor was coming from the garage of their home. When the man used his cell phone as a flashlight by turning on the light of the phone, there was a large explosion, which resulted in injury to the man.
Irondale firefighters were called to the home and found that the victim had already been transported to Trinity Medical Center by his wife when they arrived. According to fire officials, the blaze was confined to the garage and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Dale Morano, the homeowner, was transferred to UAB hospital with burns all over the front of his body, and is listed in serious condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
In the United States today, injury and death due to fires and explosions are quite common. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that in 2008, 3,320 deaths and 16,705 injuries were caused by fires, and that every 61 seconds a structure fire and every 82 seconds a home fire was reported.
In 2004, 148 people died from unintended injuries from gas and other explosions, and between the years 2000-2004, an estimated 2,410 home fires resulted from natural gas ignition, and 1,390 home fires resulted from LP-gas ignition.
Additional information provided by the NFPA, reports that from 1999 to 2008, 65 percent of burn injuries occurred in the home, and also that each year 50,000 people receive medical treatment for burns, and that 40,000 people are hospitalized for burn related injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire or an explosion, an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer can guide you through the legal process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.