JJ's owner sues MGE, Heartland Midwest, others for explosion - KCTV5

JJ's owner sues MGE, Heartland Midwest, others in connection to deadly explosion

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The owners of JJ's restaurant have filed their first lawsuit in connection to the Feb. 19 explosion.

Court documents show James "Jimmy" Frantze filed the lawsuit against Southern Union Company, Missouri Gas Energy, Heartland Midwest, LLC, Time Warner Cable, USIC Locating Services and Michael A. Palier Friday. Palier was the supervisor for MGE who responded to the scene.

The restaurant claims all of the entities were negligent in the time leading up to the gas line rupture and explosion.

This is the latest in several lawsuits against the companies or a combination of the companies.

In April, Mike Tanner, the Heartland Midwest supervisor who called 911 after his company struck an unmarked gas line near the restaurant, sued MGE, USIC Locating Services, a utility line marking company and Michael Palier. Tanner said he has incurred more than $1 million in medical bills after he suffered burns over 20 percent of his body, debilitating fractures and lacerations following the explosion.

Megan Cramer, a server at JJ's, was killed in the explosion. Fifteen others including Tanner and Palier were injured.

The restaurant's owner is seeking damages in excess of $25,000 and demanding a jury trial. They'll be back in court in August.

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