Texas Propane Explosion: One Fatality Confirmed
Safety authorities are conducting an investigation into a horrible house explosion last week that destroyed a log cabin-style home in Grandview, Texas and killed a 62-year-old woman.
The explosion was so strong that emergency operators fielded hundreds of calls about an explosion or earthquake from people near the site of the explosion, near County Road 408 and Farm to Market Road 91. The sound from the blast could be heard all over the southern end of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
According to investigators, the explosion seems to have been caused by a propane leak, and the gas most likely was ignited by a water heater in the basement. As of now, however, the cause of the propane leak has not been determined.
The Texas Railroad Commission, which is the agency charged with regulating propane licensing, arrived on the scene almost immediately, to check gas lines and determine whether or not there were any issues regarding non-compliance with the commission’s rules and regulations, and whether they may have contributed to the accident.
First responders say that when they arrived at the scene of the explosion, they could smell smoke, but the 4,000 square-foot home was gone, with debris scattered over several hundred feet. Officials from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the ATF and FBI immediately began an investigation and conducted a search for residents. It took them several hours to finally locate Wanda Davis’ body in the debris. Her husband, was away on a business trip when the explosion occurred, and he was reached later.
According to experts, leaks can happen at any time, but most are detectable by an odorant that is added to propane gas to make a leak noticeable. Unfortunately for the victim, she was lacking the one thing that might have saved her life. According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Ms. Davis had lost her sense of smell in recent years.
In the wake of this terrible tragedy, authorities in Johnson County are urging residents to install propane detectors, which work much like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The investigation of this massive explosion is ongoing, and the cause of the leak has yet to be determined. If the utility is at fault or there were faulty or defective parts in the home, someone may be liable for this family’s terrible loss.