Atlanta attorneys plan to sue Arrive Perimeter Apts. After the explosion – CBS Atlanta
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga (CW69 News at 10) – Lawyers representing the victims of an apartment blast at Arrive Perimeter Apartments in Dunwoody have announced their intention to take legal action.
Jasmine Johnson, 30, had been living in building 2 of the complex since February. She could never have imagined what had happened on Sunday afternoon. “There was a huge explosion and I was thrown into the wall,” Johnson said. “I was so scared and I thank my dog for waking me up.”
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The explosion left 4 injured and displaced several others. Stewart Miller Simmons Trial Attorneys represents Johnson and several other residents, and they plan to continue the property. “The complex and its management company Trinity have played Russian roulette with the lives of countless people, countless people belonging to minorities,” said L. Chris Stewart, one of the lawyers. “Ms. Johnson comes and goes to the hospital. Surgery is in the future for her shoulder,” he said.
Lawyers say residents complained about the smell of gas long before the explosion. “I had been smelling gas for two or three days. I thought it was coming from my parking lot so finding out it was caused by something else is really disheartening, ”Johnson said. “Clearly, they ignored these people. We’ll find out if it’s because they were minorities, ”Steward said. “We find it really, really disturbing to know that they were aware of this, that they did nothing to prevent it and then this explosion happened,” said Madeleine Simmons, another. lawyer.
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The town of Dunwoody shut off gas on Monday after finding two leaks that were not associated with the incident. They released a statement Thursday evening saying, “All parties are doing their best to restore service as quickly as safely as possible.” “The fact that an apartment complex and its management company don’t come on site to sort out gas complaints, which you know can lead to an explosion, is more than reckless,” said Stewart. A lot of people are in need of a job right now. If you’re short on staff, hire someone, but it’s not going to keep happening here. You could have killed someone, ”he said.
DeKalb County Fire and Rescue says it is not investigating the explosion because there was no fire. They say it’s up to the property’s insurance company to confirm if a gas leak officially caused it. Lawyers also referred to other maintenance issues that residents complained the property would not have addressed, including dirty air ducts.
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CW69 contacted the Arrive Perimeter rental office and Trinity, the property management company, a second time and there was no immediate response.