Gas Fireplace Explosions and Fires

Residential Gas fireplaces provide Massachusetts residents the warmth, comfort, and feel of a real fireplace without the inconvenience or burden of fireplace maintenance and having to chop or buy fire wood. Although convenient, these home gas fireplaces pose significant risk of explosions and house fires if they are improperly installed or maintained. Gas Fireplace leaks can result in carbon monoxide poisoning, but can also result in explosions that can level an entire neighborhood block.

Smoke Inhalation and Respiratory Failure

Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death due to fires. It produces injury through several mechanisms, including heat (thermal) injury to the upper airway, irritation or chemical injury to the airways from soot, asphyxiation, and toxicity from carbon monoxide (CO) and other gases such as cyanide.(1) Common Types of … Read more…

Home Gas Generator Fires and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accidents

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is toxic to humans and pets. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of combustion and is produced when the generator burns gasoline. The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and a feeling of weakness. When someone is exposed to carbon monoxide they can become confused, disoriented, experience visual disturbances, faint and may have a seizure.

Apartment Complex Fire

Apartment complex fire victims face years of recovery for burns and other respiratory injuries. If a family member dies during the blaze, the landlord or responsible party may be sued for wrongful death if the fire was caused by inadequate safety equipment or fire prevention protocols. Because homes contain flammable materials, like drapes, the apartment dweller may not have enough time to escape or get all members of the family out before the flames, heat and smoke from the fire take over.

About Electrical Fires

The cause of the electrical fire is often unseen, located behind the walls or in electrical wiring. The victims are often caught by surprise, unaware of the danger. Building codes and manufacturing standards exist to keep people safe and to hold people responsible for the victim’s injuries when those standards are not followed or short-cuts are taken.

Space Heater Fires

The NFPA identified the leading factors contributing to home space heating fires. The main causes are failing to clean the chimney and failing to clean the creosote from the solid-fueled space heating equipment. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) determined that after cooking, heating is the number two cause of home fires.

Dryer and Washing Machine Fires

The most important thing someone can do to avoid a dryer or washing machine fire is to clean the lint filter between washes. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010, there were about 16,800 reported fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines in homes. 51 people died, 380 people were injured, and millions of dollars in property damage was recorded.

Propane/Gas Grill Explosion Accident and Fire

The State of Massachusetts requires propane tanks to be equipped with overfill prevention devices. This device prevents people from refilling the tanks with an unsafe level of propane gas. Additionally, improvements were made to the hoses and connectors that carry the propane from the tank to the appliance or BBQ. Particularly with BBQs made after 1995, a shut-off mechanism is triggered if the grill overheats or malfunctions.

Who Can You Sue for Injuries Caused by a Natural Gas Explosion or Fire Accident?

A natural gas explosion is generally the result of negligence by an individual or company. A gas leak of some kind combined with an ignition spark is enough of a trigger to cause a natural gas explosion. Gas tanks, valves, and pipelines are supposed to be leak proof. So if a gas leak leads to an explosion, it is very likely that the cause was a negligent act or omission.