Firm: GJ not responsible in gas explosion

A preliminary report by a company hired by the city of Grand Junction’s insurance company to investigate circumstances surrounding a natural gas explosion on Seventh Street on March 19 determined the city is not at fault.

The investigation and report by Advanced Engineering Investigations determined the city “did not contribute in any way to the cause of the explosion.”

“To what degree the actions of Safe Site Utilities, Apeiron, and Excel contributed to the cause of the explosion is still under investigation,” the report continued.

Gas that traveled from a struck line caused the home at 1752 North Seventh Street to explode and the home next door, 1742 North Seventh St. also caught on fire and burned to the ground. Several people sustained burns in the explosion, but there were no deaths.

A natural gas leak occurred when Eric McClellan, an employee with Apeiron, was boring into the ground and struck a 6-inch natural gas line that was directly below an abandoned 6-inch natural gas line, the report said.



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