Henness Flats fatal explosion: Lawsuit pending, according to letter from owner
July 13, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A lawsuit is pending regarding the fatal explosion last summer at Henness Flats Apartments, according to a letter sent to residents of the Truckee complex.
The explosion, which, according to the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, was caused by a grease fire and compounded by antifreeze in the fire sprinkler system, killed Isela Minutti, 27, and severely injured Wuliber Martinez (who was 30 at the time) on Aug. 18, 2009. Minutti and Martinez’s three children, ages 2, 7 and 10-days old at the time of the incident, suffered minor injuries.
The letter and#8212; sent late last week to Henness Flats residents and on Tuesday to the Sierra Sun and#8212; was mailed by Henness property owners Truckee Pacific Associates and signed by General Partner Caleb Roope. It was penned in both English and Spanish.
It says residents will likely hear about a lawsuit in the next few weeks.
and#8220;We want our residents to know that the safety of our residents and staff is a priority,and#8221; Roope wrote in the letter. and#8220;We continue to cooperate fully with all official investigations.and#8221;
The state fire marshal’s report, authored by consultant Stephen Hart, was released early this year, stating Martinez apparently started a fire in a frying pan while cooking, and tried to extinguish the flames when the fire sprinkler directly above activated, and#8220;discharging a solution of glycerine-based antifreeze which was ignited by the flames coming from the burning onions in the frying pan and resulting in the explosion of the glycerin solution,and#8221; The Sun reported in February.
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and#8220;Finally, once again, I would like to convey my heartfelt sympathy to the family of Wuliber Martinez and Isela Minutti for their loss and injuries,and#8221; Roope concludes in the letter, referring readers to contact the Truckee Fire Protection District for more information.
Phone calls to Cambridge Real Estate (which manages the property) seeking further information to this story were not immediately returned.
Check back at http://www.sierrasun.com and in upcoming print editions as more information about the lawsuit becomes available.