Explosions on two Alabama fuel barges caused a huge fire and multiple injuries this April. According to Fox News, the U.S. Coast Guard stated the cause of the fire was most likely a spark that occurred during the barges’ cleaning. The fire began after the explosions on Wednesday night, April 24, and burned until it was extinguished the next morning.
Three people were rushed to the University of South Alabama Medical Center for critical burn-related injuries. A cruise ship near the site of the fire was evacuated after the initial explosions began and no one from the ship was injured. A team of investigators was dispatched to determine the cause of the fire.
No news has addressed how the injured burn victims are doing now or the results of the investigation.
If the explosions were proven to be a result of negligence, the burn victims may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, suffering and emotional trauma. The law offices of Latti & Anderson, LLP have been defending victims of barge accidents for over 50 years and are dedicated to using our extensive maritime law experience to benefit our clients. Thousands of people are injured or killed at sea in U.S. coastal waters every year, and if you have been injured in a boat accident because of another’s negligence, we are here to help you. Contact our office today to discuss your case, or give us a call at (800) 392-6072 for a free consultation.
Latti & Anderson’s Little Extra: The American Burn Association estimate that over 1 million people in the US suffer from burns every year.