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

Deadly house explosion in Tech Terrace neighborhood (Source: KCBD)
Deadly house explosion in Tech Terrace neighborhood (Source: KCBD)
Updated: Apr. 20, 2018 at 11:58 AM CDT
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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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