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NH House Explosion Kills Painter

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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A house explosion that killed a painter last week is now under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

According to reports, the blast happened around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 19) at a newly constructed residence New Boston, New Hampshire.

Antonio De Souza, an employee of USA Painting and Cleaning LLC, was in the basement of the home, which flattened as a result of the explosion.

The state fire marshal’s office reported on Wednesday that the explosion was caused by propane gas igniting inside the home. More than a dozen fire houses responded to the blaze, which was brought under control in about 45 minutes.

John Santo, owner of John Santo General Contracting LLC, which constructed the home, said that he is working with investigators.

The home was part of the Waldorf Estates development, led by New Boston Subdivision Holdings LLC. The owner of that company, Joe Faro, released a statement:

“We are deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy,” Faro said. “We are working with investigators and will do whatever we can to help determine the cause of this horrible accident. We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. De Souza and his family, and stand ready to assist.”

Editor's Note: This article was edited at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 to reflect the correct location of the incident.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Explosions; Fatalities; Fire; Health and safety; OSHA; Residential Construction; Safety

Comment from HF Staples, (9/28/2017, 2:19 PM)

This happened in NH, not MA.

Comment from Brandy Hadden, (9/28/2017, 2:31 PM)

The error has been corrected. Thank you for reading!

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