Kevin Murphy Killed, Sue Murphy Injured In Allendale Home Explosion Accident

Kevin Murphy Killed, Sue Murphy Seriously Injured In Allendale House Explosion Near The Indiana Border

Kevin Murphy Killed, Sue Murphy Injured In Allendale Home Explosion Accident

WABASH COUNTY, ILLINOIS (August 22, 2022) – Kevin Murphy died and his wife Sue Murphy was seriously injured in an Allendale home explosion accident.

Wabash County officials are saying that the explosion took place on Saturday morning. Kevin Murphy and Sue Murphy were in their home when the explosion occured.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the explosion in order to help the two victims. Crews arrived and found the home totally engulfed in flames.

Kevin Murphy and Sue Murphy were both flown to a trauma center in Louisville. Neighbors apparently pulled one of the victims from the house before it became totally engulfed by flames.

It remains unclear if the explosion was caused by a gas leak or something else. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Allendale Home Explosion Accidents

Home explosions may seem like freak occurrences, but they are unfortunately quite common. According to Gizmodo, a serious gas leak occurs every 40 minutes in the United States. These leaks have led to explosions that have left more than 120 dead in recent years. Gas leaks can be accidental or they can be caused by equipment failure or rupture. There are a number of steps that can be taken in order to prevent gas leaks.

  • Markers should be placed around gas lines to warn people of their presence.
  • Pipelines should be regularly checked for leaks corrosion or damage.
  • Homes should have methane detectors installed.
  • The pressure in gas lines should be regularly checked.

Depending on the facts of any case, a gas company could potentially be liable for a home explosion. Gas companies have a legal obligation to properly maintain their lines in a reasonably safe condition.  They may need to replace pipes that are aging. Or they might need to do repair work. If a gas company fails to periodically inspect their lines for damage prior to an explosion, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Gas explosions could also, potentially, be due to contractors that damage or overlooked gas pipes. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any home explosion accident.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Gas pipelines around the house should be checked.
  • Maintenance records from the gas company for the area should be examined.
  • A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any person that is killed in a gas explosion may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Any person that is injured in such an accident may also have legal recourse. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, gas companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any accident. This is why it is so important that all evidence is properly preserved after any explosion.

Investigating An Allendale Home Explosion Accident

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kevin Murphy. It is our sincere hope that Sue Murphy will make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened so that other tragedies can be prevented.

Do you need more information about an Allendale home explosion accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that gas companies are abiding by safety standards. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.