Lawsuit filed over natural gas fires in Fairport Harbor

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Two neighbors in a northeast Ohio community ripped by natural gas fires have sued the pipeline utility, claiming lax maintenance put people in jeopardy.

The class-action lawsuit was filed Friday in Lake County on behalf of William Bonczek and Kenneth Workman and anyone else affected in Fairport Harbor. The attorney for the men says millions of dollars in damages may be at stake.

At least seven houses were destroyed and about two dozen others were damaged in last week's fires. No injuries were reported.

Gas company Dominion East Ohio says it found fluids and debris in a failed regulator and is investigating how that happened.

Spokesman Jeff Zidonis said Thursday Dominion does not comment on litigation. He says the company is working with customers to replace or repair damaged gas appliances.

 

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PUCO fines Dominion East Ohio $500,000 following investigation of Fairport Harbor fires, explosions PUCO fines Dominion East Ohio $500,000 following investigation of Fairport Harbor fires, explosions

The PUCO has ordered Dominion East Ohio pay a $500,000 fine and take steps to ensure compliance with federal natural gas pipeline safety standards following last year's fires and explosions.