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State May Fine Questar $40,000 for Fatal Explosion

State May Fine Questar $40,000 for Fatal Explosion



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State regulators may fine Questar Gas $40,000 for a gas leak that resulted in the deaths of a homeowner and Questar employee.

Following an investigation of the February explosion of a Saratoga Springs home, the Utah Division of Public Utilities is recommending the Public Service Commission fine the company.

Gas had been shut off to the home after a gas-line was ruptured in the neighborhood. Homeowner April Roper and veteran employee Larry Radford re-entered the home to check a furnace. Minutes later, an explosion destroyed the home.

The division says the company violated state and federal safety standards and its own policies by not making sure the house was clear of gas before anyone entered the home.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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