Couple sues Southwest Gas, consultant over explosion |

Couple sues Southwest Gas, consultant over explosion

by Christy Chalmers

Suzanne and Hanley Rosevold are suing Southwest Gas Co. and another company over an explosion that injured them and leveled their Stateline home.

In a complaint filed Feb. 21 in Douglas District Court, the Rosevolds accuse Southwest and Heath Consultants Inc. of negligence and carelessness.

The Rosevolds were hurt when natural gas leaked and ignited Oct. 26 near their Andria Drive home. Suzanne suffered a broken back and a crushed heel, while Hans suffered cuts and bruises. Both also cited emotional trauma from the blast.

The complaint says Heath workers were surveying potential leaks at Southwest’s request before the blast. Gas had leaked into the ground near the Rosevolds’ home.

The Rosevolds accused Southwest of failing to properly construct and maintain the gas lines to prevent leaks, and Heath of either failing to detect the leaks or not warning of them.

The Rosevolds are seeking unspecified general, punitive and special damages, plus attorneys fees and other costs.

Hans was able to return to work in November, but Suzanne required more recovery time. She was the executive director of the Business Council of Douglas County but has since become the executive director of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce.