Pennsylvania Home and Business Owners File Class Actions Seeking Removal of Dangerous Gas Tubing

Pittsburgh, PA (June 3, 2013) - The law firms of Robert Peirce & Associates and Bellissimo & Peirce today filed class action lawsuits against two of the largest manufacturers of corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) on behalf of all Pennsylvania residents and business owners who have the product in their homes.

It is the Plaintiff's contention that the CSST piping is not properly insulated and therefore presents an unreasonably dangerous risk of house fires in the event that a home or business is struck by lightning.

"Thousands of homes in Pennsylvania are at risk of fire because of CSST that has not been properly bonded," said Rob Peirce, the attorney representing the plaintiffs. "Even with proper bonding, experts do not agree that the risk of arcing is completely eliminated. The only sure way to eliminate the risk is to replace the CSST." Prior to the use of CSST piping, iron pipe had been used to supply natural gas and propane to homes for decades without incident.

The firms' investigation into the dangers of CSST began when the Florida home of Joe Bellissmo was destroyed in a fire following a lightning strike. The preliminary investigation report into that fire suggests that the CSST was a cause of the gas-fueled fire which completely destroyed the house in New Smyrna Beach, Florida in April. According to the owner of the home, Joseph Bellissimo, investigators found five holes in a section of CSST running from a propane tank adjacent to his house to a gas oven on his patio. Bellissimo and his family were not at the house at the time of the fire.

CSST is a yellow metal tubing used to supply natural gas or propane to appliances. This type of tubing, in widespread use since the late 1990s, creates a risk of fire from an electrical arc when struck by lightning.

The National Association of State Fire Marshals estimates that yellow CSST was not bonded to manufacturers' instructions and current building codes in about 7 million homes nationwide.

The filing of these complaints follows closely behind last week's warning issued by the Pennsylvania Fire Marshall Ed Mann about the dangers of CSST.

For more information, please contact Rob Peirce at 412-281-7229 or robpeirce@peircelaw.com