Three days after the fatal Plum home explosion, workers are looking into two gas leaks in a nearby neighbourhood.
Residents of the Regency Park community in Plum stated on Tuesday that this would typically feel ordinary, but that Saturday’s explosion in the Rustic Ridge neighbourhood made them think of prior explosions that had occurred in this city.
At Crestview and Mower Drives, there was one leak along Kathy Lynn Drive, and there was another. A ten-minute drive separates the subdivisions of Regency Park and Rustic Ridge. Tuesday, after calling the gas company after smelling gas, neighbours reported leakage, which was confirmed.
Doorbell camera capturing the fatal house explosion this morning in Plum pic.twitter.com/Ozs6Age9ST
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Richard Leith was killed in a house explosion in 2008, and his 4-year-old granddaughter was thrown across Mardi Gras Drive. At that moment, he was watching his granddaughter.
Attorney Alan Perer, who filed a lawsuit on that family’s behalf, is shocked that it happened once more.
Perer remarked, “I was startled because it’s too coincidental.
A local attorney says we have a guide to follow in Plum after the 2008 home explosion.
Alan Perer represented the family of the man killed along Mardi Gras Drive and still talks to the victim’s then-4 year old granddaughter thrown across the street by the blast. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/kQBkiq9J6m
— MEGHAN SCHILLER (@MeghanKDKA) August 16, 2023
Lawsuit Targets Plum Borough, Gas Provider, and Companies Over Gas Line Incident
He sued Plum Borough, the gas provider, and two companies. Pictures of the broken line were included in a 2008 study by the National Transportation Safety Board, which came to the conclusion that an excavator had probably nicked it, enabling gas to seep and fill the house.
Multiple Fatalities in Plum Rustic Ridge Blast Trigger Intense Investigation
The explosion at Plum Rustic Ridge over the weekend left five people dead and is still being looked into. The fire marshal announced that they would now investigate complaints about the home’s “hot water tank issues.”
“How did this occur? What? Why? one we would have three of these explosions in one location is such an odd coincidence, said Perer. “So, made me wonder what happened?”
Perer wants the affected homes to act as a result.
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“This is a multi-million dollar tragedy, and it’s separate from the emotional and loss of love and everything,” he declared. “People should hire qualified legal counsel to investigate this on their behalf.
To ensure they receive the proper recompense for what occurred, neither the gas company the fire marshal nor the NTSB are involved.