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Gas Line Rupture Explosion O Day- Missouri City, Texas Woman and Center Point

6 June 2007 at 12:44:59 PM

I wrote in January about this explosion in which Mary Ann Smith miraculously didn't die, but her home was leveled. Today, I see she has filed suit against Center Point Energy.

A Missouri City woman whose house burst into flames after a gas line rupture has filed suit against Center Point Energy Inc., accusing the company of failing to maintain the structure believed to have caused the explosion.

Mary Ann Smith was asleep at 12:12 a.m. on Jan. 25 when she awoke to a violent explosion that blew her out of the house and into her back yard.

In a lawsuit filed on May 23 in Fort Bend County, attorney Ronald D. Krist writes that Smith woke up "confused, shocked and severely injured," and suffered first- and second-degree burns to her arms legs, face and back.

"She watched in agony as everything in her house was destroyed, including furniture and possessions," read the lawsuit, "but more importantly, photographs, retirement pins, awards, birthday cards, photos of her children, her father's Bible and many other treasured possessions."

The suit alleges that Center Point officials "advised Smith that the fire and explosion resulted from natural gas escaping around a mechanical coupling placed on the Center Point Energy Inc.'s gas main located in front of her house by an unknown party."

The line was 35 to 40 years old, according to the suit, and Center Point allegedly failed to make proper inspections and repair of the mechanical coupling and gas line.

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