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Lawsuit filed over Harrodsburg explosion

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TODD KLEFFMAN

Lexington, KY

#1 Nov 27, 2010
A Burgin woman whose daughter was badly burned in a gas explosion last year has filed a lawsuit against a gas company, a hot water heater manufacturer and her former landlords.
Carla Washington filed the lawsuit last week in Mercer Circuit Court on behalf of her daughter, Kaylee Freeland, who was 7 when the explosion occurred last November.
Kaylee was engulfed in flames and suffered burns over 50 percent of her body, according to the lawsuit.
The complaint names Atmos Energy, Rheem Manufacturing and Glenn and Marsha Hurst as defendants, alleging they each acted with gross negligence that contributed to the explosion.
According to the lawsuit, Washington lived with Kaylee in a home on Ridgeway Drive that they rented from the Hursts. Natural gas was used to power some appliances including a Rheem hot water heater in the utility room, where a plastic container of gasoline also was stored, the complaint states.
In January 2009, Atmos cut off gas to the home after bills went unpaid. The account was paid off soon afterward and gas service restored, according to the lawsuit.
Atmos employees came to the home to re-light the pilot lights but failed to properly inspect the hot water heater, the lawsuit alleges.
In November 2009, Kaylee walked into the utility room and there was an explosion that badly burned her.
The lawsuit, filed by Lexington attorney Peter Perlman, seeks an unspecified amount of damages for Kaylee’s pain and suffering, loss of future income, medical bills and her mother’s loss of consortium, along with punitive damages.
Born in the USA

Nicholasville, KY

#2 Nov 27, 2010
Maybe she sue the 'IDIOT' that stored the plastic container of gasoline in the same utility room with the hot water heater. Now that was one smart person.
i agree

United States

#3 Nov 27, 2010
Born in the USA wrote:
Maybe she sue the 'IDIOT' that stored the plastic container of gasoline in the same utility room with the hot water heater. Now that was one smart person.
i feel sorry for the little girl and all but ur right it aint nobodys fault but the parents.
Chris

Danville, KY

#4 Nov 27, 2010
I agree with you both. As bad as I feel for the little girl, her dumba$$ mother/parents should be prosecuted for child endangerment for having a container of gasoline in the house in a room with a pilot light. As that comedian says, "You can't fix stupid."
how is it

Danville, KY

#5 Nov 28, 2010
I don't understand how anyone can be at fault here except the parents. Why sue the land owners? This lady and her lawyers must be real jewels.
question

Richmond, KY

#6 Nov 28, 2010
worked for the lady who put a hot cup of coffee from mcdonald's between her legs and scalded herself so it may work for them. money, money, money. I agree the parents should take most of the blame.
Greg

Nicholasville, KY

#7 Nov 28, 2010
question wrote:
worked for the lady who put a hot cup of coffee from mcdonald's between her legs and scalded herself so it may work for them. money, money, money. I agree the parents should take most of the blame.
You might want to read the actual facts of the McDonald's coffee case. McDonald's did several things wrong. http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm
sorry

Danville, KY

#8 Nov 28, 2010
I don't see how they can sue because it was negligence on their part for having gas near the heater.....What I wouldbe worried about is if they do win any money would Kaylee see a dime of it or would the parents just blow it? Greedy, greedy people!!!!
question

Richmond, KY

#9 Nov 28, 2010
Greg wrote:
<quoted text>
You might want to read the actual facts of the McDonald's coffee case. McDonald's did several things wrong. http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm
Read it. She was determined 20% at fault? I still say a responsible adult knows that just-poured coffee is usually hot, that styrofoam bends, and there should have been a cup holder somewhere in the vehicle. Just like the adult in this case should have known you don't store gas near a flame. Not thinking, maybe?

Since: Jun 10

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#10 Nov 28, 2010
Does anyone else think it's wrong that Atmos cut off the womans' heat in January? Other cities and energy companies have been successfully sued for deaths/injuries related to heat cut offs, what they've done is forbid companies from doing it during winter months.
Born in the USA

Nicholasville, KY

#11 Nov 28, 2010
Do you actually know if the gas was cut off in January, and what does that have to do with the girl getting burned???? The explosion happened in November almmost 1 year later....
Greg

Lexington, KY

#12 Nov 28, 2010
question wrote:
<quoted text>
Read it. She was determined 20% at fault? I still say a responsible adult knows that just-poured coffee is usually hot, that styrofoam bends, and there should have been a cup holder somewhere in the vehicle. Just like the adult in this case should have known you don't store gas near a flame. Not thinking, maybe?
The question was the temperature of the coffee. The coffee was determined to be 180-190 degrees. Water boils at 212. They had been told that was too hot. Most coffee is served at 140 degrees.

While you expect coffee to be hot, you don't expect it to be scalding. McDonald's put their customers at risk by giving them a product that could cause injury even when it was properly used, in this case, drank.

Since: Jun 10

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#13 Nov 28, 2010
Born in the USA wrote:
Do you actually know if the gas was cut off in January, and what does that have to do with the girl getting burned???? The explosion happened in November almmost 1 year later....
Evidently you have a reading comprehension problem, it's in the first post, and what it has to do with this lawsuit is after the bill was paid Atmos failed to inspect the water heater prior to turning the appliance back on, suggesting that if Atmos had done it's job properly and notified the landlord and or tenant there was a problem the explosion would not happen. Lawsuits often take time to properly sort out, including expert forensics into the causes of the explosion, how it could have been prevented and where to place blame. If this is an ongoing or preventable problem with these water heaters, wouldn't you want to save another child the agony of being burned?
It never fails

Nicholasville, KY

#14 Nov 28, 2010
Jonesy, So you are telling me that the pilot light was not lit and there was gas gathering in the house for 10 months before the explosion, hell if you are such an expert maybe ATMOS will hire you. And I STILL THINK ITS THE FAULT OF THE PERSON THAT PUT GASOLINE IN THE CLOSET.

Since: Jun 10

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#15 Nov 28, 2010
It never fails wrote:
Jonesy, So you are telling me that the pilot light was not lit and there was gas gathering in the house for 10 months before the explosion, hell if you are such an expert maybe ATMOS will hire you. And I STILL THINK ITS THE FAULT OF THE PERSON THAT PUT GASOLINE IN THE CLOSET.
I'm going to try one more time, there is nothing in the report above that says anything about the pilot light not being lit, there is nothing in the above report that says anything about gas "gathering" in the home. What the lawsuit suggests is that Atmos Energy, Rheem, and the Landlords knew or should have known that the equipment was faulty and therefore are responsible for the explosion. The above report mentions the small gas can stored in the closet probably as a contributing factor, but not the cause. P.S. No need to "yell" it just makes you look silly, and possibly not quite a critical thinker.
like to know

Danville, KY

#16 Nov 28, 2010
Just a little food for thought.That just maybe the can was knocked over and gas spilled out which could have caused the explosion. Then who ever put the can in there is to blame.Which was her parents sounds like the little is in the care of smart people.
i agree

United States

#17 Nov 28, 2010
jonsey wrote:
<quoted text>I'm going to try one more time, there is nothing in the report above that says anything about the pilot light not being lit, there is nothing in the above report that says anything about gas "gathering" in the home. What the lawsuit suggests is that Atmos Energy, Rheem, and the Landlords knew or should have known that the equipment was faulty and therefore are responsible for the explosion. The above report mentions the small gas can stored in the closet probably as a contributing factor, but not the cause. P.S. No need to "yell" it just makes you look silly, and possibly not quite a critical thinker.
let us try again, if the retarted parents didnt have the gas in the house by the heater then more then likely this wouldnt have happened. Faulty or not. STOP DEFENDING THE PARENTS it makes u look stupid.

Since: Jun 10

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#18 Nov 29, 2010
i agree wrote:
<quoted text> let us try again, if the retarted parents didnt have the gas in the house by the heater then more then likely this wouldnt have happened. Faulty or not. STOP DEFENDING THE PARENTS it makes u look stupid.
You people are just too stupid to breathe, I was not assigning fault to anyone, just trying to educate you idiots on how and why this suit came about, most of you have no critical thinking skills and can't comprehend the way the law works. Have a good day.

Since: Oct 10

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#19 Nov 29, 2010
Don't even try "jonsey", most of the people on this site are barely literate & the concept of criminal & civil lawsuits are totally foreign to them. lol!
i agree

United States

#20 Nov 29, 2010
jonsey wrote:
<quoted text>You people are just too stupid to breathe, I was not assigning fault to anyone, just trying to educate you idiots on how and why this suit came about, most of you have no critical thinking skills and can't comprehend the way the law works. Have a good day.
well how about i go and put a gas container next to my heater so i can sue my landlord. Cuz apparently thats how the law works right. Its ashame what people will do for money. And a idiot cant educate anyone so give up.

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