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The Latest: Settlement reached with gas explosion victims

May 23, 2018

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of a fatal house explosion (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

An energy company says it resolved legal claims made by two families after a fatal house explosion in northern Colorado that was blamed on a leaking gas pipeline.

Anadarko Petroleum said Wednesday it reached agreements with the families of Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin, who were killed in the April 2017 explosion in the town of Firestone.

Anadarko said in a statement that Martinez and Irwin were blameless in the incident.

The Texas-based company said it would not disclose the details of the agreements.

Investigators said the explosion was caused by odorless, unrefined natural gas from a pipeline that was severed about 10 feet (3 meters) from the house. The line was believed to be abandoned but was still connected to an operating well.

Anadarko operated the well.

Firestone is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Denver.

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12:45 p.m.

An oil and gas company has demolished a northern Colorado house that was damaged last year in a deadly explosion blamed on a leaking gas pipeline.

The Daily Times-Call reports Anadarko Petroleum had purchased the property that neighbored the site of the April 2017 explosion that killed two people, injured a third and destroyed a house in the town of Firestone, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Denver.

Anadarko spokeswoman Jennifer Brice says the house was bought as part of a settlement agreement following the blast.

The company says it is working with city officials and others to determine the best use of the property.

Investigators have said the explosion was caused by unrefined natural gas from a pipeline that was severed near the house.

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This story has been corrected to show Anadarko Petroleum announced the agreements Wednesday, not Tuesday.

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