Victims of Hercules Ave. explosion file lawsuit against Vectren


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Nearly two years after an explosion at 1717 Hercules Ave. took two lives and injured three, the victims of the explosion jointly filed a lawsuit on Monday against Vectren in Vanderburgh County Circuit Court.

The attorneys for the victims claim the evidence supports the conclusion that the explosion on June 27, 2017 occurred due to the ignition of accumulated natural gas in the home.

Vectren released this statement on Monday:

“Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy company, has received the complaint related to the June 2017 incident at 1717 Hercules Avenue in Evansville. Pursuant to a third-party investigation, which was completed immediately following the incident, it was determined neither Vectren natural gas nor electric facilities were at fault for the explosion.”

As part of the investigation, the attorneys for the victims requested documents from Vectren including service records.

To date, the attorneys claim Vectren has refused to provide those records.

By filing the lawsuit, the attorneys hope the victims will be able to obtain these records and other evidence.

The explosion ended the lives of Sharon Mand and Kathleen Woolems. Both died of smoke inhalation.

Three others were injured: Michael Kneer, Tara McKnight, and Tara’s 10-year-old son.

Click here to read the lawsuit.

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(This story was originally published on June 24, 2019)

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