Lawyer seeking money for Henness residents
August 28, 2009
TRUCKEE – A local attorney told a court this week that residents who live at the apartment building where a fatal explosion occurred are owed more than just a letter inviting them back.
Thursday afternoon in Truckee’s Nevada County Superior Court, Mary Marsh-Linde told a judge that Henness Flats residents evacuated for more than 24 hours after the explosion Aug. 18. are entitled to financial support under the health safety code in California, including two months rent, utility bills, and their deposit.
The court said the attorney’s motion requires a formal evacuation notice from a government agency, something Marsh-Linde said she hasn’t been able to get from the Truckee Fire Protection District or the Town of Truckee.
“They were evacuated on the spot, but no one is taking responsibility,” Marsh-Linde said. Many residents were unable to return home for days after the explosion.
Jeffrey Passadore, president of Cambridge Realty, which manages the apartments, said it is a matter the court will need to decide.
“We are anxious to have an impartial hearing to help guide us,” Passadore said. The next hearing is scheduled for Monday.
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Marsh-Linde said the residents of the affordable apartments she represents pro bono don’t want to move back in without explanation for the Aug. 18 explosion that killed a 27-year-old woman and sent a 30-year-old man to the burn center at UC Davis Medical Center.
“Why should these people have to live there?” Marsh-Linde said. “They are just banking on these people not being able to afford lawyers.”
The town had cleared the residents to move in this week, without determining the cause of the blast.