‘Engulfed in Flames’ TECO Sued in Gas Explosion

July 22, 2020

By: Staff Report

TAMPA, Fla. – A lawsuit has been filed in Hillsborough County against TECO, in a gas explosion that occurred on March 3, 2020.

Anthony Gavin, a 56-year-old plumber from Thonotosassa, was installing underground water lines at a Tampa construction site near 2006 N Highland Ave in Tampa, when a gas line explosion occurred, leaving the plaintiff, Gavin, engulfed in flames causing severe and painful burns and injuries, according to the lawsuit.

Anthony Gavin was Working at this Tampa construction site on 3/3/2020 When Gas Escaping from a TECO Natural-Gas Line Exploded, Engulfing Him in Flames

The lawsuit claims that the Defendant, TECO, failed to properly install, maintain, inspect, repair, secure, and/or test the natural gas lines in and around the construction project located at 2006 Highland Avenue, Tampa, Florida.

In the filing, Gavin states that the Defendant failed to inform him that the natural gas line coursing through the construction site was leaking, improperly constructed, and hadn’t been turned off.

We have reached out to both TECO and to Gavin’s Attorney in the filing and will be updating this story.

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