FIRESTONE, Colo. — Several weeks have passed since a deadly home explosion and fire in Firestone, but the fallout from what happened is starting to heat up.
Several lawyers have descended on Colorado, planning to take Anadarko Petroleum, Noble Energy, homebuilders and developers to task.
“I think we’ll file a suit before we leave Colorado on Thursday,” said Richard Capshaw, an attorney with Dallas-based Capshaw and Associates. “This is not an ambulance-chasing situation. These folks have been genuinely hurt.”
Capshaw is one of a few lawyers to successfully try and win a case such as the one in Firestone.
He secured a $3 million award in 2014 for a family who started experiencing serious health problems because of drilling operations near their home.
No one in Firestone has gotten sick, but Capshaw said there are similarities. He and Jason Webster of Houston-based Webster Law Firm are assisting Denver-based Boesen Law Firm with potential lawsuits in Firestone.
“The main damage folks in Firestone are going to have is the effect on their property values. Folks are not going to want to live next to an oil well or in an area where their house could explode,” Webster said.
It’s a fear reflected by many residents, who are worried what happened down the street from their homes could happen again.
“The majority of these folks are scared and I don’t blame them. They want information. They want to know if there are pipes under their house. They want to know if this could happen again. They want to know if its a systematic problem,” Webster said.
Boesen Law Firm is not pursuing a class-action lawsuit, but Capshaw said “more than 10” people plan to file individual suits.
Attorneys are hosting another information meeting for residents at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Firestone.