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Tenants Complain About Gas Smell Before Deadly Explosion In New York City
In reading news clips it certainly sounds like residents had been complaining about gas smell. But it's not clear from the article that anyone made the complaint directly to the Con Edison gas company until the last tragic event.
"A tenant in one of the destroyed buildings, Ruben Borrero, said residents had complained to the landlord about smelling gas as recently as Tuesday.
"A few weeks ago, Borrero said, city fire officials were called about the odor, which he said was so bad that a tenant on the top floor broke open the door to the roof for ventilation.
"The fire department said a check of its records found no instances in the past month in which tenants of the two buildings reported gas odors or leaks.
"Edward Foppiano, a Con Ed senior vice president, said there was only one gas odor complaint on record with the utility from either address, and it was last May, at the building next door to Borrero's. It was a small leak in customer piping and was fixed, he said."
In my home town of Colorado Springs, we are constantly told if we smell gas, to call the Utilities Company. They will respond immediately. They treat every gas smell as an emergency, and if you call their number, you can by-pass any wait in line to report the leak.
I wonder if the tenants of the building even knew who to call. The landlord may be culpable if he didn't respond to the tenant's calls.