Gas lines are widespread among residential communities and various businesses. Residents expect that natural gas lines will be properly installed, maintained, and replaced when necessary, and that they and their families will be safe at home and at work. Far too frequently, however, gas companies overlook some or all of these critical factors. Explosions can occur in a matter of seconds, leaving victims in surrounding areas with barely any time to react or escape. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a gas explosion, our Boston explosion injury lawyer experts are here to help.
On March 26, 2015, a five-story East Village, New York building exploded and partially collapsed. Twenty-five people were injured and two people were killed in the explosion. One of those victims was Nicholas Figueroa, who was a patron at Sushi Park, a restaurant inside the building were the blast took place. The cause of the explosion was likely an illegally tapped gas line in the basement of the building.
According to therealdeal.com, the estate of Figueroa has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Maria Hrynenko and Michael Hrynenko, the building’s owners; Sushi Park; Con Edison; the city; Neighborhood Construction Corporation; and Beta Plumbing & Heating. The estate is seeking an unspecified amount of damages. Micahel Hrynenko, the general contractor Dilber Kukic, and two plumbers were arrested in February in connection with the explosion. Hrynenko faces multiple charges, including manslaughter in the second degree. Attorney S. Joseph Donahue is representing the plaintiff in this case.