The first lawsuit filed
The first lawsuit filed took slightly more than eight hours for a lawyer
to file a $1-million-plus lawsuit on behalf of a homeowner living near
a massive factory explosion Friday morning in Houston that caused two
fatalities on site and extensive damage in the surrounding neighborhoods.
The filing by attorney Eric Dick of The Dick Law Firm in Houston on behalf
of Sophia Navarro alleges damages by the defendant, Watson Grinding and
Manufacturing, and requests both a temporary restraining order and temporary
injunction to protect evidence. The lawsuit explains that the explosion
severely damaged the Plaintiff's home.
"Most of the plaintiff's windows were blown out, and glass strewn
inside was strewn outside the home, making the home dangerous and uninhabitable."
The petition also alleges that the blast damaged Navarro's doors,
walls, fixtures, and roof. The foundation of the house was "fractured,"
the lawsuit states. The explosion occurred at about 4 a.m. Friday.
Dick filed the lawsuit in Harris County district court at 12:15 p.m. the
same day. In a press conference after the blast, Houston Fire Chief Sam
Pena said that of the 199 homes in the West Branch and Carverdale neighborhoods
surrounding the plant, 190 had to be accessed by city officials as to
habitability. "A lot of these homes will not be livable for several
weeks," he said. "The closer to the blast, the worse the damage."
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