DEKALB COUNTY, Georgia (CW69 news at 10) – Lawyers representing victims of an apartment explosion at the Arrive Perimeter Apartments in Dunwoody announced plans to file a lawsuit.
Thirty-year-old Jasmine Johnson had lived in Building 2 of the complex since February. She could never have imagined what happened on Sunday afternoon. “There was a huge explosion and I was thrown into the wall,” said Johnson. “I was so scared and grateful to my dog for waking me up.”
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4 people were injured in the explosion and several others were displaced. Stewart Miller Simmons Trial Attorneys, representing Johnson and several other local residents, intend to sue the property. “The complex and its management company Trinity were playing Russian roulette with the lives of countless individuals, countless minorities,” said L. Chris Stewart, one of the attorneys. “MS. Johnson goes back and forth to the hospital. Surgery is in the future for her shoulder,” he said.
Lawyers say local residents complained about a gas smell long before the explosion. “I smelled gas for two to three days. I thought it was from my parking garage so it’s really daunting to find out that something else was causing it, ”said Johnson. “Obviously they ignored these people. We’ll find out if it’s because there were minorities, ”said Steward. “We find it really, really disturbing to know that they knew about it, did nothing to prevent it and then this explosion happened,” said Madeleine Simmons, another attorney.
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The City of Dunwoody turned off the gas on Monday after finding two leaks unrelated to the incident. They issued a statement Thursday night saying, “All parties are doing their best to get service back on track as soon as possible.” They know that they can lead to an explosion is more than reckless, ”said Stewart. Many people need jobs now. If you’re understaffed, hire someone, but that won’t continue to happen here. You could have killed someone, ”he said.
DeKalb County Fire and Rescue says the explosion will not be investigated as there was no fire. They say it’s up to the property’s insurance company to confirm whether a gas leak officially caused it. The attorneys also pointed to other maintenance issues that residents have complained about that the property allegedly failed to address, including dirty air ducts.
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CW69 reached out a second time to Arrive Perimeter and Trinity’s rental office, the property management company, and there was no immediate response.