Questions linger week after steam pipe break

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 07:24:52-04

Cyrel Bell doesn't need the description, he was parked 10 feet from it.

"In that car,” Bell said. “The windshield. If the windshield would have broken, we'd be dead. Or burned up."

That car was covered with debris right after the explosion, Bell took several pictures.

Today, a week later, it is cleaned off and finally driven out of the blast zone and Bell said someone with Veolia told him it was drivable.

"What does it look like to you?” Bell asked. “It is totaled out to me. You should have seen the inside of it. Full of dirt and asbestos. I don't want that. I do not want it."

Bell is relying on his insurance to sort this all out but there are questions about liability, asbestos test results and even what caused this explosion.

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A peak over the fence with blacked out netting reveals much progress has been made at the site but the room Veolia booked at the Marriott for people to claim their vehicles beginning Friday is empty today.

Still, Veolia updated us on the work site.

The company said crews now have access to the line break and are continuing to excavate around the area to get a full picture of the repairs needed.

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It added business along Eutaw Street has been restored but a cause of the break has yet to be determined.

View Veolia’s full statement for Tuesday, June 27, 2017:

The crew has access to the line break and is continuing to excavate around the area of the line break to understand the extent of the repairs needed.  Access to businesses on Eutaw Street was restored on Thursday night, June 22. The traffic management plan is being coordinated and approved through the City of Baltimore. Veolia has approximately 20 staff and contractor personnel on site working on the repairs as well as completing cleaning the area.

The investigation into the line break is ongoing.  The analysis and inspection is being performed in conjunction with third party experts to determine the cause of the pipe failure.   

We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience last week’s steam line break caused owners of vehicles parked near the scene. We have worked to clean and release vehicles to owners as quickly as possible.  We ask owners to contact Erin Martinez at Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.972-443-9101 for more information about claims related to vehicle damage.  

We continue to work and access support from city and state agencies to further our investigation and repair the pipe as quickly as possible.