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SORRY I LOST THE MAIN STORY ABOUT THIS,
NOTE; BOTH THE PLUMBER AND GAS CO. WERE BOTH ON SITE AND SIGNED OFF ON THIS
GAS SYSTEM MOMENTS BEFORE THIS EXPLOSION
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
JERRYMAC

July 27, 2008

Councilman calls for probe into Flushing building blast
BY ANDREW STRICKLER | andrew.s[email protected]; The Associa
July 27, 2008
As fire marshals sifted through the wreckage of a Queens building damaged by
a powerful gas explosion on Friday, a city councilman yesterday called for
an investigation into the blast that hurt 17 people, two of them critically.

"Some residents there have been told by people working in the building that
there were serious problems with the gas in the building," said Councilman
John Liu, who represents the area of Flushing where the building is located.

The explosion on Sanford Avenue, apparently sparked in a second-story
apartment kitchen, sent flames shooting into other apartments, buckled walls
and knocked air conditioners out of windows.

Firefighters said two people were critically injured and a third had serious
wounds. Fourteen others, including six firefighters, suffered minor
injuries, the Fire Department said.



The fire caused no structural damage, but charring, water damage, broken
windows and collapsed interior partitions left 37 of the building's roughly
90 apartments uninhabitable, the Buildings Department said. A fire
department spokesman said yesterday the exact cause of the blaze is still
under investigation.

Gas and water to the six-story building were shut off following a June 11
kitchen fire, according to Con Edison officials.

After the department received notice that repairs had been made, a
supervisor and two mechanics arrived at the building Friday afternoon,
according to Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert.

The group used a portable gauge to test pressure in six "riser" lines that
carry gas into the building and found all six to be in working order, Olert
said. The gas was turned on by 4:13 p.m. The explosion struck 11 minutes
later.

A plumber employed or under contract with building owner Alwall Construction
Corp. was with the crew and was aware the gas had been turned back on, Olert
said. Attempts to reach an Alwall official yesterday were unsuccessful.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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Make sure you get us an update on what the cause is if you can, will be interesting to learn what the cause was.
 

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Gas Explosion

i Lost The First Post This Morning But They Had The Gas Off For Quite A While To The Point That Tenants Would Not Pay Rent,
they Had Many Gas Problems With This And Many Repairs To Gas System To Get To Pass Inspection And When The Gas Finally
turned On It Blows Up
 

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I always babysit my work once the valve goes back on.
Water...I sit for a few, then feel around to be sure it's dry.
Gas, I don't care how anxious the customer might be to see me leave at 9pm...I check my joints with a good dose of bubbly...wait and make dam sure I don't smell a thing.

These guys were standing outside, two floors below just 11 minutes after turning it back on....had he stuck around upstairs he mighta noticed the smell.

Probably easy to sit here and say that, but it's my worst nightmare...I suspect I'm not alone here.
 

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I always babysit my work once the valve goes back on.
Water...I sit for a few, then feel around to be sure it's dry.
Gas, I don't care how anxious the customer might be to see me leave at 9pm...I check my joints with a good dose of bubbly...wait and make dam sure I don't smell a thing.

These guys were standing outside, two floors below just 11 minutes after turning it back on....had he stuck around upstairs he mighta noticed the smell.

Probably easy to sit here and say that, but it's my worst nightmare...I suspect I'm not alone here.
Your not bro. Repiped a 3 story house that had over 30 leaks that I found on four different risers. I spent two day chasing leaks. I finally sold a complete repipe. Took me 2 weeks with a helper. I cant tell you how many times we checked the system and double checked it. Lives are at stake and thats not something any of us take lightly.
Keep us prosted.
 
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