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Lawsuit Filed Over Gas Outages On Charleston’s West Side

Holes in the street are surrounded by mounds of dirt, yellow tape and orange cones.
Gas line repairs on Charleston's West Side.
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A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the Charleston residents who’ve been without gas service for a week. Curtis Tate has more.

A Charleston personal injury law firm sent a letter Thursday to Mountaineer Gas and West Virginia American Water.

The letter asks the companies to preserve documents, recordings and computer files that may be relevant to the case.

The lawsuit was filed in Kanawha Circuit Court, seeking class-action status for hundreds of West Side residents who lost gas service following a water main break last Friday.

At the request of Gov. Jim Justice, the West Virginia Public Service Commission has launched an investigation into the outage.

Mayor Amy Goodwin said Friday that 380 gas customers had service restored, with another 90 awaiting inspection for reconnection.