92-Year-Old Irene Sanok Tragically Killed After Natural Gas Leak And Explosion At Home In Lackawanna
LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK (August 19, 2021) – A 92-year-old woman identified as Irene Sanok has tragically died after a gas explosion at a home on Bedford Avenue.
Lackawanna police officials are saying that the explosion took place on July 20th. Irene Sanok was inside of the home when the explosion happened.
The force of the blast was enough to damage properties in the vicinity. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
Sadly, Irene Sanok was beyond medical help and later died due to the severity of her injuries. Investigators were initially unsure if the explosion was caused by a natural gas leak.
But city officials have come forward and confirmed that the explosion was due to a natural gas leak. However, investigators are still unsure what may have sparked the explosion that killed Irene Sanok.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Lackawanna Natural Gas Explosion Accidents
According to a report by the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 4,200 home fires are caused by the ignition of natural gas. The fires that result from these ignitions typically cost 42 people their lives. In many situations these explosions are totally unpredictable. But there are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent explosions and injuries in the event of a leak.
- Have periodic maintenance performed on appliances that use gas.
- If you smell gas, immediately leave your home or apartment and call the police. Don’t try to fix the problem yourself.
- Keep the lights off as you leave your home. Switching a light on could be the spark that sets off an explosion.
Behind every natural gas explosion there are two elements that must occur. There must be a leak and there must be an ignition source to ignite the leak. Natural gas can leak from a variety of sources including a water heater, stove, dryer or fireplace. If there is a pipe that isn’t completely sealed at anyone point to those appliances gas can leak. If those appliances aren’t properly hooked up, gas can leak from them. There are dozens of potential ignition sources that could ignite natural gas. The spark of a light turning on or even static electricity in some situations can set off an explosion.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a natural gas explosion. An appliance manufacturer could be liable for an accident if it was caused by a defect with that appliance. Moreover, the company that installed an appliance could be liable as well. An improperly fitted connector could trigger a gas leak that preceded an explosion. A company that provides natural gas could be responsible for an accident if they failed to maintain their pipeline in a reasonably safe condition and this contributed to an accident. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after any natural gas incident.
- Photos of the explosion site should be taken.
- Appliances should be checked for defects.
- Maintenance records of gas lines should be sought.
- If a victim died, an autopsy should be performed.
The family of those that lost a loved one in a natural gas explosion are protected by a number of laws. They can seek justice and get the answers that they deserve through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages and loss of love. In order to win a civil claim plaintiffs will have to demonstrate negligence. This can be very difficult to do. It’s always a good idea to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can investigate all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what caused an accident.
Investigating A Lackawanna Natural Gas Explosion Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek extend our deepest condolences to the family of Irene Sanok. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to investigators. National Fuel owes it to the family of the victim to be transparent about what happened. There needs to be a thorough investigation about what went wrong. If steps are not taken to figure out what went wrong this could very well happen again. Once an investigation is complete, it is our hope that measures will be considered to curb the likelihood of other accidents. No family should ever have to suffer through something like this.