Medina, Ohio man sues apartment complex for blast that killed wife, son


CLEVELAND (AP) – An Ohio man has sued the owner and manager of an apartment complex where an explosion blamed on an uncapped gas line killed his wife and son.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Cleveland by Robert Drake claims workers failed to cap a gas line two days before the Feb. 9 explosion and fire while removing a dryer from the family’s apartment in Medina, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Cleveland.

The lawsuit says rubble from the explosion crushed Drake’s disabled 18-year-old son, Jacob. Drake’s wife, Sheila, died at a hospital burn unit on Feb. 20, and Drake was left with permanent injuries.

The lawsuit says other gas leaks were found afterward at the complex.

Attempts to reach the apartment owner, manager and company that removed the dryer were unsuccessful. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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