$14.8 Million Verdict for Family in Home Gas Explosion
Blanchard V. Panhandle Plumbing Inc., Et. Al. | Okaloosa County County Court, Okaloosa County | NO. 2010 CA 000611 S
On Nov. 19, 2009, plaintiffs' decedent Michael Blanchard, 49, and his partner, plaintiff Fay Boroughs, a woman in her 40s, were renting a residence at 217 Calhoun Ave. in Destin when a natural gas explosion ignited in the home's laundry room. According to Boroughs, in February 2002, Andrews Cooling & Heating Inc. installed a gas dryer for the previous homeowners, Timm Shores and Linda Shores, who moved out of the residence in November 2006 and brought the gas dryer with them. When Boroughs and Blanchard moved into the residence in February 2008, they had an electric dryer installed where the Shoreses' gas dryer was formerly located. Boroughs alleged that an open gas line was located where the gas dryer used to be. Boroughs alleged that the line had been installed by Panhandle Plumbing Inc., immediately prior to the installation of the Shoreses' gas dryer.