$50 million lawsuit against Energy Consumers over house explosion

By Stephen Borowy, James Felton

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FLINT, Michigan (WNEM) – A $50 million lawsuit has been filed against Consumers Energy following an explosion in Flint that left two people dead and several homes damaged.

Fieger Law, who filed the lawsuit, said that the 55-year-old woman who died in the explosion reported the smell of gas on the morning of November 22. Energy consumers said that after completing their investigation, they did not find see any problem with it. The natural gas system led to the explosion.

“It is horrible to wake up one day and find out that your mother, who was perfectly fine, alive and well, has died as a result of her house being blown up. Who would come up with that? “The explosion was clearly the result of a gas leak that we believe occurred outside the facility,” said Geoffrey Fieger, who represents Lisa Rochowiak’s family.

Fieger believes Rochowiak’s death could have been prevented.

“Lisa called Consumers Power to investigate a gas leak. Other neighbors who contacted us said they called as early as November 16 about a gas leak. And the Consumer never does anything,” said Fieger. “We want to know who declared war on Hogarth Avenue and dropped the bomb on Lisa Rochowiak’s house if it wasn’t for a gas explosion.”

A company spokesperson said Consumers Energy’s role in the investigation was complete after a field assessment. Consumers Energy issued the following statement about the lawsuit:

“Consumers Energy is aware of a lawsuit filed following a November home explosion in Flint. Our hearts continue to go out to the residents of this community. We completed a field assessment of our equipment, facilities and services, working in conjunction with law enforcement and other agencies. Our investigation revealed no leaks or other problems related to our natural gas system, equipment or services outside of our home. In addition, Consumers Energy has reviewed internal call logs and vehicle tracking data, all of which confirm that we were not notified of a gas leak in our home or any related issues before incidents. The contradictory statements in the lawsuit documents are untrue, and the legal claims are baseless.”

The explosion also killed a 4-year-old girl, injured two others and damaged or destroyed 27 houses.

The case was assigned to Genesee County Judge Joseph J. Farah.

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