Explosion and Fires

There are many things that can cause explosions and fires. Gas leaks, fuel leaks, cigarettes, chimneys, wood stoves, arson and defective equipment are all ways that fires and explosions can occur. If an explosion or fire occurs, the loss is unfortunately always tragic and too often, deadly.

The loss and injury endured after an explosion or fire can create a highly stressful time in your life. During this period, many questions will arise. What caused the accident? Whose fault was it? What do I do now? Will the insurance company cover the damages and medical bills? The Wolfe Law Firm can help you answer these questions and more. We have been successfully helping victims of fires and explosion cases for more than 18 years and our experienced staff understands the hardships involved in these types of situations.

The first thing you should do after a fire or explosion is seek prompt medical attention for everyone involved. Some injuries, such as smoke inhalation, are not as obvious as burns or cuts, but damage from smoke inhalation can be worse if chemicals or gases are involved. These injuries can take time to present themselves, so it is important to get medical attention and to tell your medical provider every detail of your account.

After a fire or explosion, it is also important not to attempt to re–enter or go back to the premises, as it may be unsafe to enter due to structural damage or chemical contamination. You should not re–enter the building or premises until after the fire department and investigating team have cleared it as safe.

The West Virginia Fire Marshal's office should be involved with any investigation in which an explosion or fire takes place. Under the West Virginia code, the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office has the jurisdiction to investigate all fires in West Virginia.

In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one has sustained a loss from fire or an explosion, call the Wolfe Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation. We will give you honest answers and do what we can to help you through this trying time. If we decide to take your case, we will do so on a contingent–fee basis, meaning that we don't get paid unless we get money for you.

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