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Neighbors heard blast before fire destroyed Pennsylvania trailer

The destruction of evidence can make any liability investigation challenging. Teams of people are often needed to determine the source and circumstances surrounding evidence-consuming fires and explosions. The answers attorneys, engineers and other specialized investigators find help victims and Allegheny County civil courts pinpoint fault.

The investigation into a deadly Indiana County mobile home fire has just begun. An engaged couple and the bride-to-be's 9-year-old daughter died along with two family pets when their home went up in flames. Two siblings, ages 7 and 10, escaped harm, because they were spending the night elsewhere with relatives.

Neighbors told firefighters they heard an explosion in the middle of the night. The trailer was so engulfed in flames when emergency personnel arrived, there was no chance of rescue. The bodies of the mother, age 27, her fiancee, age 28, the girl and two dogs were found together in a rear bedroom.

The newly-employed pharmacy technician and her fiancee, a small business owner, had been planning to get married. The child who died had nonverbal autism and was learning sign language. Fire marshals from the Pennsylvania State Police are conducting the investigation.

The reason for a fire or explosion is as important as discovering the source. By learning what exploded and burned, investigators can learn whether the cause involved the actions of a person or the failure of a product – anything from the defects of construction to faulty appliances to leaky gas valves. Evidence of safety precautions on the property and witness testimony will be sought and analyzed.

By contacting an attorney as quickly as possible, liability plaintiffs have the same time advantage as local and state officials to find clues and examine vital, fresh evidence. Fire and explosion investigations are complex and can take considerable time. Conclusions are incorporated into time-sensitive legal claims against parties whose negligence contributed to an injury or death.

Source: Tribune-Review, "3 die in Indiana County trailer fire" Renatta Signorini Published: Sunday, May 18, May. 18, 2014

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