New lawsuit filed over Gate City explosion

New lawsuit filed over Gate City explosion

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Another lawsuit has been filed in the deadly apartment explosion in east Birmingham.

A Marks Village Apartment unit blew up killing a mother and injuring her fiancé and several others in December. The attorney for the family of Tyrennis Mabry says they know this lawsuit will not bring her back, but they hope it will hold Alagasco and the Birmingham Housing Authority accountable for what happened and also protect others in the future.

It was in the early morning hours of December 17th that an explosion rocked the Gate City housing community. 40-year-old Tyrennnis Mabry was killed in that blast. Her mother and two of her sons were also in the home at the time of the explosion.

The suit is filed on behalf of the family as well as her estate. Her fiancé, Darryle Brown, was injured and still remains hospitalized in serious condition. The NTSB is investigating the explosion and has yet to issue a final report. In their preliminary findings, they stated they suspected natural gas played a role.

The Mabry family's attorney, Mitch Allen, says they are confident it played a role and that it just did not have to happen.

Basically, the federal government has come out with various regulations, telling the gas companies to check their cast iron pipes and make sure they are not leaking. It is our position that had they done that, it should have never happened," said Allen.

We reached out to Alagasco for comment on this case. They declined our request. We also reached out to the Birmingham Housing Authority. As of this writing, they have not returned our call.

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