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OSHA investigating O’Fallon home gas explosion

Residents in the subdivision worry about what the future will be like for their properties.

O’FALLON, Mo. — The Missouri Public Service Commission and OSHA have opened an investigation into a gas explosion that destroyed a home completely and damaged several others in O’Fallon.

No one was injured but the incident left several houses in the Millers Court subdivision condemned and others with considerable damage.

Dee Daviess, who lives down the street could still remember the rumble that shook her home and her street Tuesday.

The main home in pieces went into flames after a contractor digging across the street hit a gas line.

“It was really awful. We [Daviess hand her husband] both jumped out of our chairs pretty quick and ran out the door,” Daviess said.

Daviess was thankful she did not have much damage inside her home.

“A lot of us around here are concerned about the structural damage and so we’ll probably have that checked out,” she added.

Richard Inman with Inman and Associates went door to door Thursday talking to residents like Daviess about the damage.

His public adjusting company is an insurance adjuster that represents the interest of the insured.

Residents can go to them after they get their estimates back from their insurance companies.

“I’ve been telling people that I’ve met is what they should do to mark the damages at least for now. Then they’ll see as that changes as once the houses start settling back in position”

Meanwhile, investigators have still worked to learn what led to the explosion.

Gateway Fiber said in a statement it was digging when a contractor hit a gas line and that the explosion happened while a worker from Spire was trying to repair it.

Read the full statement here:

“At Gateway Fiber, nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of the communities we serve, our customers, and employees. As a local company committed to improving our neighborhoods, we share the concern over yesterday’s incident in O’Fallon, Missouri.

A preliminary assessment has found that while drilling for a new underground fiber line at a residential home, a subcontractor working on one of our job sites…

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2022-03-03 21:10:40

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