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Feds investigating gas explosion that killed 12-year-old Texas girl

February 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds investigating gas explosion that killed 12-year-old Texas girl

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Federal agents are investigating an explosion that occurred at a home in Texas that killed a 12-year-old girl and left four others wounded. Firefighters revealed that this was the third occurrence in days.

Dallas Firefighters in Dallas were dispatched after receiving a call on Friday about a gas explosion. The blast killed Linda “Michellita” Rogers, 12, and injured four others who were home at the time of the explosion. The incident led to the evacuation of 300 residences in the area. The evacuation was lifted hours later, permitting the families to return home.

“This is the third incident related to a gas explosion over three days,” Dallas Fire-Rescue’s Jason Evans said. He added that their department is working to examine the cause of this explosion and two others that took place in Dallas on Wednesday and Thursday.

Emergency responders told the Dallas Morning News that they discovered Michellita in her father’s arms and he frantically tried to save her life.

Administrators with Uplift Williams Preparatory School published the following statement:

“It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we’re writing about the passing of Linda Rogers, an Uplift Williams 6th grade scholar.

The Rogers family experienced a tragic loss early this morning during a gas explosion at their home. The explosion destroyed their home, injured family members, and took the life of their daughter, who was one of our scholars. This is a heartbreaking loss for the community. We shared this news with our middle school scholars and recognized our primary or high school scholars may learn about this incident and need support processing their emotions.

Throughout the day, our Social Counseling team was available to scholars and staff and will continue to provide support next week. We are also providing resources from our team to help talk with your child about grief.”

The CEO of the natural gas provider Atmos Energy, Mike Haefner, released a statement that stated: “We are saddened by the death of the young girl this morning. We express our heartfelt condolences to her family.”

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