gasAfter a fatal home explosion three weeks ago that left one family burying their daughter and two neighborhoods reeling from the shock that the problem has been an ongoing one, the immediate concern was about safety.

But now, a little more than a week into the massive, 2,800-customer gas service shutdown in Midway Hollow and the Love Field community, people who had been planning on selling homes in the area have begun wondering — what will this do to property values? (more…)


Law enforcement, neighbors, and Atmos work crews gathered Saturday at a cookout organized to provide a hot meal to residents without natural gas, and to thank law enforcement and work crews (photo by Bethany Erickson).

I’ll be honest. At first, when I first had the idea of writing about how the neighborhoods impacted by the deadly home explosion two weeks ago — and the aftermath — I was thinking of a straight news story.

But I realized fairly quickly that I couldn’t. You see, I know these neighborhoods. My child goes to school with the children from these neighborhoods, and for almost 10 years, I lived quite close to one of the neighborhoods and in the other one, on a street just a block from Marsh Lane.

These are my friends, my son’s friends, and my neighbors. And how they’re dealing with the turmoil and sadness is a story worth telling — but one wholly unsurprising to anyone who lives in either of the neighborhoods that hug Marsh Lane. (more…)

atmosResidents of two neighborhoods that are divided by Marsh Lane woke last Friday to the horrific news — a sixth grader had perished in a home explosion that also sent four of her family members to the hospital.

Every day since, they’ve awakened to more bad news. Sometimes, they say, it even comes late at night, from a knock on the door and a voice on the other side telling them to pack their belongings, their homes are being evacuated.

This morning, they awoke to learn that even if they were still able to live in their homes, it would likely be without hot water or heat. Atmos Energy announced in a 5 a.m. press conference that the company was taking the unprecedented step of shutting down gas service to 2,800 homes on streets on either side of Marsh Lane, between Midway Drive and Webb Chapel Drive on the East and West, and Walnut Hill and Northwest Highway to the north and south.

It’s another source of angst for already heartbroken and fearful sets of communities. (more…)


Atmos Energy crews continued to work around the clock to restore service and detect potential gas leaks after an explosion Friday killed one and injured four more (Photo by Tom Erickson).

Five days after a home explosion claimed the life of a sixth-grader and sent four of her family members to the hospital, Atmos Energy is still working to ascertain what happened — and to detect leaks throughout two neighborhoods.

Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board was on hand to begin investigating the explosion as well. Residents at the Chapel Creek apartments were evacuated on Sunday, and yesterday more streets were evacuated as more gas leaks were discovered. (more…)


Foster Elementary School students arrived at Cary Middle School Friday morning after a gas explosion at a nearby home prompted fire officials to evacuate most of the neighborhood (Photo courtesy Tom Erickson).

Atmos Energy and Dallas Fire and Rescue are still working to determine the cause of a deadly house explosion near Love Field and Midway Hollow that has resulted in the continued mandatory evacuation of parts of two neighborhoods.

The 12-year-old victim has been identified as Linda Rogers, a sixth grader at Uplift Williams Preparatory School in Dallas. A gas explosion at her home on Espanola Drive early Friday morning, fatally injured the little girl and sent four other people to Parkland Hospital. (more…)