7 Injured in Vernon House Explosion
Investigators Work to Determine Cause of House Explosion
According to the Omaha World-Herald, investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fatal house explosion.
When police, fire and rescue crews responded to the house in Vernon on Thursday afternoon three of the victims were outside while the other four were trapped in the rubble. Crews dug through what was left of the house to pull them to safety. Fortunately, none of the people involved in the explosion and resulting fire sustained life-threatening injuries.
Four children, all under the age of 16, were among the victims. All four were taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where one was treated and released. The other three remained hospitalized early Friday morning. A 7-year-old boy appeared to suffer the most serious injuries, according to police.
Two adults were taken to Hartford Hospital. Another adult at the scene refused medical treatment.
House Explosions and Fires
The following information was provided by the Blank Children’s Hospital:
- In 2011, fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires in the United States.
- These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths and $6.9 billion in direct damage.
- Every day, at least one child dies from a home fire and another 293 children are injured from fires or burns.
- Ninety percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires.
- Children under 5 years of age are at the greatest risk from home fire death and injury; their death rate is nearly twice the national average.