SGI files lawsuit in Regina house explosion police say caused by drug production

The blast happened at a residential duplex in February 2015.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance has filed a lawsuit against four people after a drug-related house explosion in Regina two years ago.

The blast happened at a residential duplex in February 2015.

Glass, wood, insulation, furniture and other debris were blown out of the home, landing on nearby yards and the street.

Four people were charged with producing cannabis resin, also known as cannabis oil.

The statement of claim was filed Feb. 22 by SGI and Patricia Wilson, the registered owner of the other half of the duplex.

The claim alleges the blast happened in the basement of a property owned by Bernice Lynn Bloor, and that the explosion caused extensive fire, smoke, heat and water damage to Wilson’s property, along with damage to personal items within.

The others defendants named in the lawsuit are Adel Essid, Bradley Allan Keck and Kyle Nicholas Siller.

The lawsuit alleges the damage “was caused entirely by the reckless and negligent actions of the defendants.”

Keck pleaded guilty to drug production and received a conditional sentence, while charges against Bloor, Essid and Siller were stayed.

The claim says Bloor had insurance coverage with SGI, but says the contract has a clause that stipulates it won’t pay for “loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by any illegal or unauthorized activity related to and including the growing, harvesting, manufacturing, processing, storing, sale or distribution of any drug or narcotic.”

SGI alleges Bloor failed to meet her obligations under the insurance contract and therefore was not entitled to payment. The insurer also claims it anticipates making further payments under that contract.

SGI also seeks to recoup costs that Wilson claimed to the damage to her home and its contents, along with expenses incurred.

A statement of claim contains allegations not proven in court.

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