Office building owners file suit over JJ's explosion

Plazaview, LLC, files suit over damage to building

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The 41 Action News investigators learned attorneys filed another lawsuit connected to the explosion at JJ's restaurant this week.

Plazaview, LLC, filed suit in Jackson County court on July 2nd.

The suit alleges their office building at 4739 Belleview, just north of JJ's restaurant, sustained significant damage from the explosion and subsequent fire last February.

The suit names MGE's parent company, Southern Union, the excavating company Heartland Midwest, Time Warner Cable and the utility marking company USIC.

It also personally names an MGE employee.

The suit accuses MGE of not having or utilizing the correct shut-off valves to turn off the gas quickly after workers from Heartland Midwest drilled through a gas line in the area.

It also alleges MGE workers did not follow commonly accepted emergency procedures to turn off the gas and electric to JJ's and surrounding buildings.

In addition, the suit alleges that workers for Heartland Midwest kept drilling after hitting the line.

It also suggests there was a delay between the time when the line was struck and when workers reported it to 911.

The suit also states that the line marking company was negligent for not marking the depth of the lines before workers from Heartland Midwest started work laying fiber optic cable for Time Warner Cable.

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