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Investigators want to fine utility $2M for fatal house blast

October 5, 2018

FILE - In this July 2, 2017 file photo, firefighters work the site of a house that exploded in Millersville, Pa. Pennsylvania investigators are asking to impose a $2.1 million fine on a utility company, alleging violations relating to the gas explosion that leveled a house and killed a utility worker last year. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement filed a complaint against UGI Utilities on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. It alleges the company failed to properly react to a hazardous condition when its workers responded to a suspected gas leak at the house in Millersville. (AP Photo/Kirk Neidermyer, File)

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania investigators are asking to impose a $2.1 million fine on a utility company, alleging violations relating to a gas explosion that leveled a house and killed a utility worker last year.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement filed a complaint against UGI Utilities on Thursday. It alleges the company failed to properly react to a hazardous condition when its workers responded to a suspected gas leak at a house in Millersville on July 2, 2017.

The worker, 54-year-old Richard Bouder, died of multiple trauma injuries caused by flying debris.

Investigators allege, among other issues, UGI didn’t shut off the gas main feeding the neighborhood.

A UGI Utilities spokesman says the company, based in Reading, is reviewing the complaint and will respond within 20 days.

Joseph Swope says UGI “remains fully committed” to safety.

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