• June 07, 2017

Albert Sulak Killed in Osceola, TX, House Explosion Accident

Osceola, TX -- June 7, 2017, Albert Sulak was killed as the result of an accident in which their house somehow exploded in the early morning hours.

Authorities from Hill County emergency departments rushed over to the scene of the accident in the 1200 block of FM 934 at around 4:30 a.m.

Preliminary investigations have been scarce on how the accident might have been caused. Neighbors heard the explosion ring out in early morning hours. 94-year-old Sulak was the only person in the home at the time of the incident. As a result, he was fatally injured. Emergency officials pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

At this time, the cause is still under investigation. Investigators have suggested a propane leak may have caused the explosion, but this has not been confirmed.

No additional details are available.

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Commentary

It's certainly possible that this was indeed caused by a propane leak, as I can't imagine many other factors that can cause such a catastrophic accident. That being said, "propane leak" might describe how the explosion happened, but it won't explain how the leak itself happened. As such, there needs to be a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of how this accident was allowed to happen.

There is a bad habit where people will describe these kinds of incidents as, "freak accidents," which implies that it was unavoidable. In some cases, however, the incident was caused by a manufacturing defect, a botched repair job, or a shoddy installation. This means there could be someone responsible for this accident, and deeming the victim's death the result of an inexplicable accident fails to address this possibility. If investigations uncover that someone contributed to this accident, then that person must be brought to answer for their actions. Not only does the victim's family deserve an opportunity to get justice, but other people could be at risk for similar accidents.

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