Large Natural Gas Explosion in South Dallas Apartment Complex Caused Partial Building Collapse and Multiple Injuries

For the third time in 2021, a large natural gas explosion in a residential area has occurred in Dallas, Texas.

On September 29, 2021, Dallas firefighters were called at approximately 10:21 A.M. to investigate a reported natural gas leak at Highland Hills, a two-story apartment complex in Oak Cliff, South Dallas, Texas. While firefighters were conducting their investigation, the fugitive gas ignited, causing a large explosion before the firefighters could determine its source. The explosion was significant, eviscerating the first floor, which in turn caused a partial collapse of the second floor and roof. Windows on adjacent buildings were blown out, and the façade bricks were dislodged from walls. Worse, four firefighters and two civilians were injured in the explosion, each sustaining various and severe injuries.

These incidents are continuing to happen in areas controlled by the area’s natural gas operator, Atmos Energy. Typically, continued explosions under the supervision of the same operator occur when the operator fails to follow federal or state safety rules to cut costs and increase profits, rather than prioritizing safety.

If you or a loved one was injured in the September 29, 2021 Highland Hills Explosion, please contact the office of Benny Agosto, Jr. or Ben Agosto III at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by phone at (713) 222-7211. We currently maintain separate, ongoing lawsuits against Atmos Energy and stand by prepared to assist in this matter.