Officials Investigate the Cause of Fire and Gas Explosion
Early in the morning on Friday, June 12th, an explosion at Bar 5015 in the Houston Museum District shook the surrounding homes and damaged several properties, including Alfreda’s Soul Food and a nearby barbecue food truck. Although no injuries have been reported yet, the explosion destroyed the local bar and left debris scattered throughout the area. Some neighboring apartment owners also reported that their windows had been shattered with the force of the explosion.
Because the bar closed at 11 p.m. the night before and the explosion did not occur until around 4:45 am on Friday morning, officials do not believe that anyone was inside the building at the time of the explosion. However, it is still unclear whether this incident was accidental or intentional. It is also not confirmed whether gas was actually the core cause of the explosion or just an accelerating factor.
The police and other officials have stated that while there is a faint odor of natural gas lingering in the air, it’s unlikely that there’s a significant safety threat to the public. Motorists and pedestrians are nonetheless discouraged from visiting until the investigation is over and the area is confirmed to be safe.
Gas Explosion Claims in Houston
At The Ammons Law Firm LLP, we are very grateful that no one was injured in this catastrophic event and that the damage seems to be relatively isolated to one area. As plant explosion lawyers serving Houston, we often see devastating cases where many people suffer life-altering burn and explosion injuries, as well as long-term damage from toxic chemical exposure – and we are committed to seeking justice for the victims when that happens.
In some cases involving property owner or employer negligence, gas explosion victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their property damage or future injuries. If you have any information about the recent explosion at Bar 5015 or need to pursue a similar claim, we encourage you to contact our experienced attorneys for a free consultation.
Give us a call at (281) 801-5617 to discuss an explosion claim with a member of our Houston legal team.