Deal reached on Gatesville explosion clean up

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UPDATE:  The attorney for Wilber Dimas’s family announced Monday morning that he reached an agreement with Coryell Community Hospital, Atmos, and Lochridge Priest on allowing clean up to continue at the explosion site.

Jim Dunnam says that agreement means his team will be able to inspect the site between July 25th and July 29th.  After that, the hospital will be able to restart the clean up effort.

A judge issued a temporary restraining order to stop the cleanup after Dunnam asked for it, claiming a cleanup would destroy evidence at the site. 

The investigators are still trying to figure out what exactly caused this blast last month that killed two workers and injured several others. 

Fox 44 spoke with people in Gatesville on Sunday about what they think should be done. 

Bruce Dennison says, “The gas explosion was so great there had to be a pocket of gas somewhere and a leak. The cleaning crews should take their time and gather that evidence as they are cleaning and look for the source.” 

George McMillian, another resident says, “The cleanup should continue anytime we have an environmental problem. How long has it been? What are we talking about I mean personally I don’t see how they didn’t get all they need by now, they had all the time in the world.”

He is referring to investigators gathering the evidence.  

If you wish to help Wilber Dimas, an injured worker whose attorney asks for the site cleanup to be put on hold, click here to see his Gofundme page. 

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