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Fort Worth Hotel Explosion Raises Concerns About Construction Quality

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Dallas personal injury lawyer representing injury victim discusses ongoing investigation.

Questions and concerns about “construction practices” at a Fort Worth hotel that exploded last month and injured 21 people remain unanswered and must be addressed as soon as possible, according to a recent editorial published by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“Occupants of the hotel and Fort Worth residents have questions and are demanding answers, as well they should,” the Feb. 3rd editorial states, adding, “Accidents and mistakes happen. But so does negligence. If that was the cause of such significant downtown damage and injury, the city — and, most of all, the people injured and traumatized — deserve answers.”

Dallas personal injury attorney Eric H. Marye, the founder of Marye Law and the lawyer representing a restaurant worker injured in the Jan. 8, 2023, explosion, agrees that such questions deserve immediate answers. “My client, and everyone involved, deserves to have the truth brought to light,” Marye said in a statement published on Feb. 6, 2024, by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Sandman Signature Hotel explosion injuries 21 people

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, police and fire departments in Fort Worth began receiving multiple emergency calls about an explosion at the Sandman Signature Hotel at 810 Houston Street in Fort Worth, according to CBS News and many other news outlets throughout the world.

A total of 21 people were injured in the explosion, which shook the entire city block and blew out windows in nearby buildings. Injury victims were taken to several nearby Fort Worth hospitals and received medical treatment for a variety of injuries, CBS News reported.

Status of Sandman Signature Hotel explosion investigation

As of this writing, multiple city, state, and federal agencies are actively investigating the Sandman Signature Hotel explosions. The Fort Worth Fire Department is investigating the cause of the explosion. In particular, investigators from the Forth Worth Fire Department are “trying to determine whether the explosion caused the gas leak or the gas leak caused the explosion,” Fort Worth Fire Chief Jim Davis told the City Council recently as quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

On Feb. 2, Atmos Energy, which is responsible for the gas lines in the building, finished its investigation and said it "found no indication its gas lines and equipment caused the blast,” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

What caused the Fort Worth hotel explosion?

While Atmos Energy’s investigation found no indication that its gas lines caused the explosion, Davis said the fire department “still believes natural gas was involved” and continues to investigate all possible causes of the explosion, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Another possible cause of the hotel explosion being explored is that “poor construction might have played a role in the blast,” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In particular, several lawsuits filed against Northland Properties, which built the hotel, involve allegations of negligence. Specifically, “former employees have told the Star-Telegram that they witnessed irregular construction practices not related to Atmos during the renovation of the tower, and they suggest negligence led to the explosion,” according to the recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial.

Judge issues restraining order to halt hotel cleanup and preserve evidence

Dallas County Judge Sally Montgomery recently signed a temporary restraining order to halt any cleanup efforts at the blast site in order to “preserve evidence,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

In particular, Judge Montgomery issued the temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit filed by José Mira, a 49-year-old restaurant employee who was injured in the explosion and who is being represented by attorney Eric H. Marye.

Mira filed a lawsuit last week against Atmos Energy Corporation, Musume restaurant, and the Sandman Signature Fort Worth Hotel, along with Northland Properties Corporation and Sandman Management Inc., which own and manage the hotel.

Smell of gas observed 90 minutes before explosion by injury victim

Mira sustained traumatic head injuries and other injuries as a result of the explosion. According to a statement released recently by Marye, Mira “reported to management the intense smell of natural gas, to the point of burning his eyes” roughly 90 minutes before the explosion occurred on Jan. 8.

In response to Mira’s complaint about the smell of gas in the building, “Management informed him that the smell had been noticed since the morning” but “failed to ensure a safe environment and safe conditions for employees,” according to the recent statement issued by the Marye Law Firm.

A native of Dallas, personal injury attorney Eric Marye has more than 25 years of legal experience defending the rights of injury victims and their families throughout Texas.

The Marye Law Firm stands ready to help those affected by this tragedy. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact us for a free consultation to review your potential legal options.

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