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2 businesses sue pipeline company over 2016 Portland blast

Portland gas blast Dave Northfield KGW 101916

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two businesses whose Northwest Portland storefronts were destroyed by a 2016 gas explosion have filed new lawsuits against the company that was digging at the time.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Portland Bagelworks owners Kim and Rik Bartel are suing Loy Clark Pipeline for $2.6 million, alleging criminal negligence and trespass. They also allege that their 21-year-old daughter died as a result of stress from the explosion.

Dosha SalonSpa has also sued Loy Clark Pipeline for $1.4 million, alleging trespass. Both businesses are requesting a jury trial. Loy Clark Pipeline spokeswoman Andrea Blessum said the company couldn't comment on pending litigation.

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  1. As it should be, those digging create great risk, tough if you have to go at it a bit slower to ensure safety. Peoples lives and businesses were destroy in a minute.

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