Search Begins For Liability in Toronto Blast

The clean-up has begun at the site of Toronto’s massive propane explosion although a search for the parties that will be held liable has just begun.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blast and if there is any negligence found on behalf of Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc., related claims may be able to be spread around, says Eve Patterson, the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Regional Manager for Ontario.

“Insurance companies may have the right of subrogation against the propane company if there is negligence,” she says.

Patterson and a team of representatives from the IBC have been attending the scene to answer questions about insurance for evacuees.

She says many people were so panicked they didn’t realize they needn’t have their policy number – just the name of their insurer – in order to learn about their coverage or start the process of a claim.

Many residents who rented their accommodation didn’t have tenant policies and there was a surprising number of small businesses that also didn’t have insurance, she says.

Two law firms have launched class action suits on behalf of displaced residents, homeowners and businesses operators who sustained damage.

The firms name Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc., the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority as defendants in the suit.

The actions were filed by Stevenson LLP and Bogoroch & Associates,on behalf of representative plaintiffs Giuseppina and Gianfrano (John) Santoro.

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