ATLANTA (CBS46) – Atlanta Gas Light released air and natural gas this morning at the Arrive Perimeter apartment complex, which was the site of a suspected gas leak explosion earlier this month.
The DeKalb County Fire Marshal has ordered AGL to release the gas as part of its investigation into the September 12 explosion. The works will not restore service to the apartment complex.
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Residents of the apartment complex say they have complained to management several times over the past few months about the smell of gas.
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After the explosion, residents of the Dunwoody complex were ordered to leave their homes by October 31, and it is currently unclear whether they will be allowed to return.
When lawyers for the residents learned on Monday evening that heavy equipment had arrived on site at the Arrive Perimeter apartments, they rushed to file an injunction to ensure the building was not demolished before they could keep any evidence. .
“The lawyers for the owners are very aware of our involvement and our request to preserve the premises so that a fair and impartial inspection can be carried out,” said lawyer Madeleine Simmons.
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An emergency injunction was filed Tuesday morning. However, upon arrival, it was discovered that the DeKalb Fire Marshal had planned to have the building’s gas lines purged by Atlanta Gas Light so that investigators could perform a thorough inspection of the building.
The purge was completed and AGL workers have since left the scene. Fire inspectors told lawyers they found what they needed and did not need to demolish anything to do so. A report on these findings is expected to be published shortly.
âFortunately, we just found out that the DeKalb Fire Department has completed the work it needs and does not yet need to demolish the building,â said attorney Chris Stewart.
Lawyers hope the injunction keeps the demolition equipment parked for now.
âWe know there is a catering business here on site now,â said attorney Dylan Bess, âso we’re working hard to make sure that the owner – now that DeKalb County has finished – we want to ensure that the property the owner does not intend to go ahead with demolition.
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