Wife of homeowner killed in Tech Terrace explosion is released from hospital

Wife of homeowner killed in Tech Terrace explosion is released from hospital
Deadly house explosion in Tech Terrace neighborhood (Source: KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The wife of the homeowner killed in the deadly Tech Terrace house explosion on March 27, 2018 has been released from the hospital, according to hospital officials.

Investigators say a fire started under the carport of 72-year-old John Fleming's home. The heat from that fire caused several cylinders of compressed gas to explode, killing Fleming and injuring his wife Candace "Cid" Chase.

Their neighbor, 45-year-old Dr. Rodica Gelca was struck by a compressed gas canister and killed as she was fighting the fire from the initial explosion.

Her husband, Dr. Razvan Gelca, was also seriously injured in the blast.

Razvan filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Chase and Fleming were hoarders and self-proclaimed inventors and their property was littered with rubbage.

The lawsuit alleges that Chase and Fleming were negligent for keeping highly-flammable and hazardous materials at their house.

The lawsuit seeks damages for the wrongful death of Rodica, as well Razvan's personal injury damages.

The investigation is ongoing.

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