Seven Injured, One Dead Following a Propane Explosion in Norfolk Home Under Construction

William Nichols, a 58 year old electrician, passed away Friday night as a result of injuries he sustained from a Norfolk home explosion. William Nichols was working in his capacity as an electrician when the Norfolk home suddenly exploded, injuring Nichols and seven others.

Nichols was airlifted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead. The explosion also injured four other construction workers, two firefighters and a resident who lives in an adjoining unit.

The blast occurred around 12:30 pm as a construction crew was working on the heating and air conditioning system in the unfinished section of a Duplex at the Village at River’s Edge in Norfolk. The explosion caused the ceiling of the home to collapse which trapped Nichols in the basement for over 90 minutes before rescue workers were able to remove him from the rubble.

According to a preliminary investigation, the fire was the result of a rapid release of propane caused by the construction work being conducted on the property.

The unfortunate workers, firefighters, neighbors and their families affected by this tragedy may be legally entitled to compensation through a Boston Personal Injury Lawsuit, Wrongful Death Lawsuit and/or a Worker’s Compensation claim. The attorneys at the law firm of Altman & Altman are experienced in dealing with cases involving injuries resulting from explosions. Please contact us for an initial consultation at no cost to you.

Source: Man dies from injuries suffered in Norfolk blast, The Boston Globe, July 31, 2010.

8 hurt in Norfolk explosion, The Boston Globe, July 31, 2010

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