Petrofuels asserts contributory negligence in gas tank explosion suit

David Yates Nov. 16, 2010, 10:17am

Petrofuels Quality Marketing is arguing that Nederland resident Larenda Stringer, who sued the company claiming a gas tank explosion sent shrapnel flying all over her property, is at least 51 percent responsible in causing the incident.

Stringer filed suit against the company in September, alleging Petrofuels Quality Marketing negligently failed to maintain its petroleum storage facilities.

On Oct. 22, Petrofuels filed its original answer, asserting that Stringer's "actions or inactions were 51 percent of the cause of her alleged injuries and damages."

According to her petition, on April 14 Stringer was at home when a Petrofeuls storage tank located next to her house exploded, injuring her and damaging her home and car.

"The explosion (sent) debris and shrapnel onto the property causing injury and damage to plaintiff's property, including her car," the suit states. "As a proximate result ... Stringer sustained injuries to her body."

In her suit, Stringer alleges Petrofuels negligently failed to train and supervise its employees, in addition to failing to maintain its tank.

Petrofuels also maintains that the incident could have been caused by a third party.

Stringer is suing for past and future medical expenses, lost earnings and mental anguish.

Beaumont attorney Clay Dugas is representing her.

Houston attorney Thomas Sulton is representing Petrofuels.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. A188-390

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