The owner of a Northland home where a gas explosion resulted
in the death of a young mother has been charged and will
appear in court next week.
Energy Safety, which is part of WorkSafe NZ, confirmed
yesterday three charges had been laid against the owner of
the Ruakaka property.
Lesley Anita Wehi-Jack, 19, died in Middlemore Hospital about
7.20pm on February 12, surrounded by family.
Less than 24 hours earlier, she had returned to her Ruakaka
home, and it was there that the explosion occurred.
She had moved into the two-bedroom Tamure Place house on
Miss Jack managed to get outside the house and was
immediately helped by neighbours who had rung emergency
services and doused her with a garden hose.
At the time, specialist fire investigator Craig Bain said the
explosion resulted from a faulty gas appliance in the kitchen
area and called in an energy-safety inspector from Wellington
and a gas-fire investigation specialist from Auckland to help
examine the scene.
The homeowner will appear in Whangarei District Court next
Monday on charges of undertaking an unauthorised gas fitting
and failing to take all practicable steps to ensure that gas
appliances are safe.
- By Kristin Edge of the Northern Advocate