A resident of Headland, Alabama, has recently undergone a first series
of skin grafts after suffering severe burns to most of his body. In the
early hours of June 2nd, 2016, Wells’ home exploded, demolishing the structure and another
home behind it; a little hotdog shop next door was damaged considerably
by flames. Mr. Wells was preparing a bagel for breakfast when the eruption
occurred, possibly due to a gas leak.
Due to the extent of the damage, which is reported to have affected a bank
about 100 feet away, firefighters were surprised to find anyone within
the destroyed structure alive. The Headland Police Chief, Mark Jones,
noted that Wells’ position close to the point of ignition may have
saved his life. Gas explosions tend to be stronger towards the center
of the blast radius, where the concussive force has been able to gather
velocity before dissipating.
Authorities are a little baffled about the cause, however, due to the fact
that the home had not been connected to gas services for several years.
Old lines that were not meant to be active could have leaked, Mr. Jones
speculated, and those could have been the source of ignition. Criminal
activities are not suspected but cannot be entirely ruled out until a
full investigation is concluded.
Members of the Headland community have extended their condolences to Mr.
Wells and his family, wishing for his prompt and comfortable recovery.
Here at Glenda Cochran Associates Attorneys at Law, we would also like
to wish the best for Mr. Wells. As a personal injury law firm in Birmingham
that focuses on
explosion injury cases, we understand just how devastating such a situation can be.
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