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Lawyers for property owner in explosion ask for more time

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. -

Lawyers for the owner of a Pawtucket triple-decker that exploded in November have asked for more time to prepare in a case against the city.

A hearing at Housing Court was continued until March.

The city said it is taking action against Lone Star Realty, LLC after a blast injured two people.

The explosion was ruled accidental, but authorities discovered a new heating system had been turned on without the proper inspection.

The heating system was not blamed for the explosion.

"Indications are that the installation of the heating system might not have had any impact whatsoever on the cause of the fire. But had we been called back in to do an inspection, we don’t know what a housing inspector would have found. Maybe (the inspector) would have found other deficiencies at the time. I think that’s the core of the issue," said Tony Pires, Pawtucket public safety director.

When the case goes back to court, a judge will decide the penalty if the property owner is found guilty of turning on the heating system without the proper inspection.

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