Columbus to pay homeowners $37K for damage in 2015 blast

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus has agreed to pay more than $37,000 to the owners of one of more than two dozen homes damaged last year when a home exploded after a gas leak.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) City Council members approved the settlement with David and Beatrice Hamilton on Monday.

The Hamilton’s made a claim with the city to pay for damage stemming from the March 2015 explosion in Upper Arlington. Nobody was seriously hurt.

Officials have said an old gas-valved box later marked as a water valve wasn’t properly sealed. A service line to the house from the main line also wasn’t disconnected.

The city attorney says this is a “good settlement” and that he believes some “sizable things” are headed their way.

Water fees will pay for the settlement.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,