First Responder Beware

FireNatural Gas Fires

Natural Gas Migrates, Explodes, Kills Four

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of a natural gas pipeline rupture caused by construction workers. The responders did not check nearby buildings to determine if gas was accumulating or to help assess the need for a possible evacuation, even though the high-pressure pipeline was continuing to leak. About 39 minutes after the pipeline rupture, an explosion occurred. It destroyed six buildings, killed four people, and injured eleven, including two firefighters and one police officer.