Investigators with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Pipeline Safety Division believe that a gas leak that lead to the explosion of a House in the City of Camby was caused by an excavating crew that damaged an underground gas line. The investigators believe that the service line going into the house was hit by a construction company digging and laying cable on the east side of the house. The name of company that is responsible for damaging the gas line is still unknown at this time. At about 10:40 A.M., on Monday November 13, 2017, an explosion destroyed a two-story house, scorching neighboring houses in the process, in the Heartland Crossing housing. No one in the family of the leveled house was injured, as they were not home at the time, however the family’s two dogs did not survive the explosion. A neighbor confirmed that cable workers had been in the yard of the house before the explosion, however the neighbor was unable to identify the name of their company. Plainfield Fire Chief Joel Thackery has stated that utility investigators will determine if anyone had permission to dig on the property of the house and if the gas lines had been compromised.
Fire Chief Thackery has stated that there are three ways that gas leaks can begin: old infrastructure, a gap or opening in the pipes, or work being done on the home and something strikes the gas line. Thackery advises that if you smell natural gas you should evacuate your home and call 911. If you or someone you know has their property damaged or destroyed by the negligence of a construction company, please contact the experienced legal team at Schiller Law Offices at 888-578-3100 or at IndyInjured.com to learn more about your potential right to compensation.