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Martha Dagbatsa Killed, Evelyn Amoateng Injured In Bronx Gas Explosion Accident At Fox Street Home

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Martha Dagbatsa Killed, Evelyn Amoateng Injured In Bronx Gas Explosion Accident At Fox Street Home

BRONX, NEW YORK (January 2022) – A 77-year-old woman identified as Martha Dagbatsa has tragically died and seven other people were injured, including Evelyn Amoateng, in a gas explosion accident on Fox Street.

New York City police officials are saying that the explosion took place around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18th. An explosion at the home triggered a two-alarm fire leaving multiple people seriously injured.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the explosion to help all of the victims. Martha Dagbatsa was listed as one of the victims.

She was taken to the Jacobi Hospital and died as a result of her injuries. A total of 7 other people were injured in the gas explosion including an 82-year-old woman and the Evelyn Amoateng – the sister of the woman who died.

Anthony Aime is the son of Martha Dagbatsa and told the New York Post he is still trying to find answers about how the explosion happened. Gas services were shut down within four minutes of the accident.

Anthony Aime told reporters that the home was completely destroyed. This incident occured less than two weeks after 19 people died in a Bronx high rise fire. A full investigation into the cause of the blast remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Bronx Gas Explosion Accidents

Gas explosions may seem like a freak occurrence, but they are much more common than many people think.  According to a report by the National Fire Protection Association, an average 4,200 building fires are caused by natural gas explosions. Around 42 people are killed every year in these explosions. There are a number of steps that should be taken in order to prevent gas explosions. 

  • There should be periodic maintenance on appliances that use gas.
  • Gas lines should be periodically checked and maintained.
  • If you smell gas in your home, immediately leave and call emergency services.
  • Don’t turn on any lights as you are leaving an area with gas.

There are two events that are necessary for there to be a natural gas explosion. First, there must be a leak. Second, there must be an ignition source. Natural gas can leak from a variety of locations including a stove, fireplace or dryer. An unsealed pipe or a pipe that isn’t adequately hooked up could contribute to a leak. There are also a variety of ignition sources including the pilot light on a home furnace, a lit match or even static electricity. Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a natural gas explosion.

Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When a property is in a dangerous condition, the property owner must take measures to correct that dangerous condition. Failing to correct a dangerous condition after being given actual or constructive notice of the condition could create the basis for a negligence claim. For example, a property owner could be liable for a gas explosion if they failed to perform needed maintenance that would have uncovered a dangerous condition.

A city could potentially be liable for a natural gas explosion. Victims of a deadly 2017 Bronx natural gas explosion sued the city for 100 million in damages. In all, 13 people were killed including a one-year-old. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued that the city owned building was poorly maintained and had defects including faulty smoke detectors, a frozen fire hydrant and rusty fire escape ladders that were difficult to lower. The lawsuits also blame the energy company Con-Edison for the fact that a gas line ran through the kitchen nearby where the fire originated.

An appliance manufacturer could also be liable for an explosion. Companies have a legal obligation to create products that are reasonably safe. When a company makes a product that is unreasonably dangerous they could be liable through a negligence or a strict liability claim. For example, a design defect with a stove could make it prone to leaking over time. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after any natural gas explosion.

  • The source of the gas leak should be determined.
  • The safety of the building should be examined as well. Was a building in compliance with the fire code.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Maintenance records of the building should be examined.

Smoke inhalation is actually one of the leading causes of serious injury and death after any fire. Many victims may not realize how seriously they are injured until some time after an accident. The family of any victim that died in a Bronx explosion may be able to seek some measure of justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover some of the unexpected expenses that often come with the sudden death of a loved one. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Bronx Gas Explosion Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Martha Dagbatsa and wish Evelyn Amoateng a full recovery. This was a tragedy that should have never taken place. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all who have been affected. The family of the victim and all of those that were injured deserve answers about how this unfolded.

Do you need more information about a natural gas explosion in the Bronx? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that they get the answers that they are owed under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at  (516) 908-9792.


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