The family of Darryle Brown, a survivor of the Gate City explosion who is still hospitalized, has filed a civil lawsuit against Alagasco and the Birmingham Housing Authority alleging negligence on their part. We also found out this afternoon that the family of Brown's fiancée, Tyrennis Mabry, has hired an attorney and it's only a question of when - not if - they'll be filing a lawsuit as well.
Mabry was killed in the explosion. We learned more about her from her family's attorneys. They say Mabry was a Birmingham native and mother of 4 who was working towards a bachelor's degree and wanted to become a probation officer when her life was cut tragically short.
"The family has had a very difficult time. The children lost their mother, the mother lost her daughter, they lost everything they had in the explosion, they lost their home, and they're having to, unfortunately, prepare themselves to bury their mother tomorrow on Christmas Eve," said attorney Mitch Allen.
Even as Mabry is laid to rest, her family's attorney said they are gathering evidence for what will be a lawsuit against whoever they believe is responsible.
"This is an accident that never should've happened. So as a result, we are going to make sure that the parties, those people and those companies, whether it be the gas company, or anyone that's responsible for this terrible tragedy, is held accountable for their actions or inactions," said Allen.
The Mabry family includes Tyrennis Mabry's 4 children and her mother who all want to thank the Birmingham community for the outpouring of support they have gotten over the last week.
The Mabry family's attorneys say the family was relocated to a new housing unit, but it's not big enough to accommodate all of them in one unit. They have refused to stay there until they can get a unit big enough for everyone to be together. The attorneys say they are working with the housing authority to find a bigger unit.
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