Gas explosion still a mystery |

Gas explosion still a mystery

It’s still a mystery as to what sparked an Oct. 26 natural gas explosion in a large home off Kingsbury Grade.

Lawyers for Southwest Gas are still waiting for a final report concerning a section of failed pipe taken from the property, said a company spokeswoman.

The gas leak was discovered near a meter on the property by a two-man crew from Southwest just before gas somehow ignited and leveled two-thirds of the 2,400-square-foot house. Since then the entire structure has been demolished and carted away.

Both owners were inside when the explosion occurred. Suzanne Rosevold, a 47-year-old who is executive director of the Business Council of Douglas County, was playing piano in the living room near the origin of the blast. Her husband, Hans, 58, was in the kitchen making a sandwich.

Suzanne was pulled from the wreckage by a neighbor and spent five days in Barton Memorial Hospital because of a broken bone in her back and a shattered heel. These days she’s wearing a chest brace for her back and has had reconstructive surgery on her heel.

Hans was shot out into the front yard and landed on his buttocks. He was deeply bruised, but otherwise unhurt.

“I haven’t got any news at all,” he said about why his house exploded. “We hired an attorney about a month ago and they said the lawsuit would take about two years.”

Peter Durney, of Durney and Brennan, a law firm in Reno representing the Rosevolds, said his firm has handled other claims against Southwest gas involving explosions, and that he plans to attend meetings this week regarding the Rosevold’s case.

After the explosion, the Rosevolds took up residence at a South Shore hotel until they found a house to rent in Zephyr Cove where they live now. Their plans to build a new home on Andria Drive, where the explosion took place, will be presented to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency this week.

Hans is also back to work as a teacher for a secondary day school at Alpine County and said he has begun sorting through boxes of items salvaged from the house. Suzanne has not yet been able to return to her office but has been working at home.

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