Couple Files Suit After Cape May Co. Home Blew Up

Couple Files Suit After Cape May Co. Home Blew Up

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE N.J. -

e gas explosion that leveled Evelyn and James McCarty's Cape May County home last November left the couple seriously injured, lucky to escape with their lives.

"They are so lucky to be alive, it's a miracle when you see the damage to that house that they survived, and attorney Shanin Specter told FOX 29 Wednesday.

Now attorneys for the McCartys have filed a lawsuit against Shore Guys Heating and Air Conditioning and South Jersey Fuel and Propane claiming they are responsible for the tragedy.

"They did it wrong," specter explained.

Specter says Shore Guys cut this propane line leading to the house when the couple decided to switch over to natural gas months earlier. He says they turned off the propane tank and left the lines under the house. When the McCarty's neighbor turned the propane back on in November it leaked under the home.

"The next day when Mr. McCarty went to take a shower and turned on the hot water, that caused an immediate explosion," Specter added.

Specter says the tanks show have been "tagged out" with a tag like this. He says the pipes should have been removed, not just cut. He says South Jersey Fuel and Propane should have removed the tanks altogether.

"Lots of things there that shouldn't be done and that were done and that are why the house blew up," Specter said. "They should have come out and they should have taken the tank away."

The McCarty's meanwhile are recovering from their injuries in a rehabilitation center. James is still suffering from 3rd degree burns, his wife from two broken ankles.

"They have a long recovery ahead of them, but look they're alive. They have no home to go to when they get out, but they have loving daughters and a wonderful family," he said.

FOX 29 called both companies seeking comment on the lawsuit. Our calls were not returned. James McCarty could be released from the hospital later this week.

Specter says the couple would love to rebuild and return to their Villas neighborhood.

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