Norfolk, Massachusetts Construction Accident Kills One, Injures Seven

August 4, 2010 – William Nichols, 48, from Blackstone, Massachusetts died as a result of serious personal injuries he sustained during an explosion at a construction site in Norfolk. David Bethel, 72, from Foxboro, Robert Dena, 43, of, Thomas DiPlacido, 17, from Wrentham were also injured while working on the condominium construction site at The Village at River’s Edge, a housing development for people 55 and older. Mary Jackson, 58, who lived in the adjacent condominium, was also taken to the hospital. The accident occurred last Friday afternoon.

According to State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan, the explosion was accidental and construction being done in the basement resulted in the release of propane, which ignited. Coan has not yet determined the ultimate cause of the fire or why the gas caught on fire.

Apparently, Nichols was trapped under the rubble for an hour and half before he firefighters were able to rescue him. He was then transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he passed away at around 10:30 p.m. that night. Bethel was treated and released from Caritas/Norwood Hospital and Dena was also taken to Brigham and Women’s and is listed in stable condition. DiPlacido was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital and then transferred to Shriners Burn Center in Boston.

Jackson was able to escape her adjacent condo by herself and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. A fifth worker and two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

Nichols, Bethel, and Dena were all working with Deno Electric of Franklin on the day of the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.


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