Residents fight insurance company after gas explosion

Posted on: 5:11 pm, April 18, 2013, by , updated on: 06:31pm, April 18, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Now that the ashes have settled, some residents are left fighting their insurance companies in the wake of a gas explosion.

Back in January, Bob Moore Chopper 4 flew over roaring flames at the scene of a gas explosion at a home on the 9000 block of S.Villa near 92nd St.

Other residents on the street said the explosion caused damage to their houses.

They showed us cracks, a cabinet hanging by a thread and sagging ceilings.

Many of the homes are older and residents said their insurance companies are saying the damage was pre-existing.

One resident said she can’t wake up to sunshine because her windows are still boarded up.

“Anytime there is moisture in the air, the plastic comes down and my house smells like moldy boards,” Kelley Scott said.

“When we walk in the room, the floor bounces and it never did that before,” Deb Rolings said. “Our walls in our kitchen have separated from the ceiling to the roof.”

One reason some residents are upset is because the company that took responsibility for the explosion will reimburse the insurance companies as they pay out those claims.

We’ve contacted the two insurance companies involved.

One told us they were looking at the claim and would get back with us.

The other, Allstate, said in a statement Thursday, “The customer’s claim investigation remains open and we are continuing to work with the customer and engineers to come to a mutual agreement.”