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Retired Firefighter Killed In Lubbock Area Explosion

Posted on Sunday, January 20th, 2019 at 12:45 pm    

Quanah Explosion Killed Retired Firefighter

Photo via KSWO7News

Two fires broke out inside of a Lubbock area auto repair store yesterday. The first resulted in an explosion that killed a man.

Retired Firefighter Killed in the Explosion

Three individuals were inside the shop when the initial fire started. Two of them were outside, but one man was still indoors and was later identified as 69-year-old Robert Floyd Pierce. The two men outside survived and were taken to UMC Lubbock.

Sheriff Laughery identified Pierce as a retired firefighter, having served in the Vernon fire department. The sheriff noted that this was a tragedy and offered prayers to the deceased’s family.

Investigation Underway

Fire marshalls were initially unable to determine the cause of the explosion. The second fire happened in the middle of the evening while press were still reporting from the scene.  It was later determined that the fires were the result of a malfunctioning tank and additional details will follow.

Photo via KSWO7News

Photo via KSWO7News

Accidental Explosions Of Man-Made Nature

Accidental explosions from man-made sources are somewhat rare but not unheard of. The largest was in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia during World War I when a freighter full of ammunition collided with another vessel. The resulting explosion killed over 2,000 people, which was more than the combat losses Nova Scotia suffered in the actual conflict.

Explosions today are significantly less severe thanks to more than a century of advancement in technology, awareness, and safety techniques. Yet, they still happen. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, several hundred people die annually at work from explosions and fires.

Consulting An Attorney After An Explosion Or Fire

If you or a loved one is injured in a fire or explosion, obviously seek medical attention immediately, but also consult an attorney as quickly as possible.  The lawyers at Williams Kherkher are here to help. We have been handling workplace accidents, explosions and fires since 1983.  Call us at (888) 220-0640 today for a free confidential consultation.

Never do business with a lawyer who says over the phone they can win your case without hearing the particulars first. No professional legal representation can guarantee a win.


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