West Bend House Explosion Injures 2, Likely Natural Gas

Two people were injured in a West Bend house explosion that investigators say was likely caused by natural gas. When first responders arrived on the scene at 3149 Norman Drive in Barton, the house was demolished. The 78-year-old homeowner and his 48-year-old son who was visiting from California were both injured in the explosion. The homeowner sustained smoke inhalation and third-degree burns. Both were airlifted to a local burn unit.

A next-door neighbor rescued the homeowner after noticing he was missing outside. The Washington County Sheriff says the homeowner most likely would not have survived if not for the neighbor’s heroic actions.

The explosion burn lawyer team at Pritzker Hageman is one of the few in the country with experience representing burn survivors and their families. We have helped dozens of clients in gas explosion cases across the country. Attorney Eric Hageman, who leads our team of explosion lawyers, recently appeared on WCCO-TV to discuss the investigation process of a home explosion and the need for increased transparency from gas companies.

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