Cadaver dogs searched through the smoldering rubble of a Kansas City, Missouri restaurant after a gas explosion sparked a massive blaze Tuesday evening in an upscale shopping district.
More than a dozen people were injured in the blast and resulting fire, which occurred just after 6 p.m. and completely destroyed JJ’s restaurant. There were no reports of fatalities by Tuesday night, though authorities cautioned that could change because it was unclear how many people were inside at the time of the blast.
Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said cadaver dogs were called to the scene because of the size of the conflagration.”I would always fear there are fatalities in a scene like this,” Berardi said. He said the results of the search would take hours and that he expected his crews would be working the scene through the night.
Missouri Gas Energy stated that it could be an accident by a utility contractor that had caused the blast, but Berardi and others cautioned that the cause was still being investigated.”This investigation is ongoing,” Berardi said. “We do have reports that there was an odor of gas earlier. But, again, this investigation needs to be concluded before we want to speculate on any of that.”
Swartz & Swartz, P.C. has handled major gas explosion incidents all across the United States. Factors causing or contributing to gas explosions resulting in burn injuries or death have included improper gas line locations, faulty parts and equipment in mobile homes, workplace equipment, camping equipment, and defectively designed propane stoves.
Disasters like the Missouri explosion have far-reaching consequences for those who have lost family members, suffered severe injuries, or lost their homes. While it is too early to assess blame for the Missouri incident, those who have been affected are advised to seek experienced counsel early in the process to ensure that their rights are protected. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to an explosion, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts.