First Look at Contractor Burned in Daly House Explosion

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    NBC10's Harry Hairston visited Steve Barrientos who was the contractor that was working in the 428 Daly Street home when the house exploded which gave him second and third degree burns all over his body. Barrientos' attorney, Jeff Goodman, says his client had no knowledge gas was present in the home.

    When Steve Barrientos was working inside a home in South Philadelphia last week, he had no idea that the gas was on, according to his attorney.

    "He had no knowledge of any gas being present in the home at any time," said Jeff Goodman. "And as a result was an innocent victim there when the explosion occurred."

    The blast leveled the home at 428 Daly Street. Barrientos suffered second and third-degree burns on his face and upper body, Goodman said.

    The explosion also destroyed the adjoining homes on either side, and most everything inside, including the ashes of a beloved family member.

    First Look at Contractor Burned in Daly Street Explosion

    [PHI] First Look at Contractor Burned in Daly Street Explosion
    Steve Barrientos suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over his face and his upper body when a house he was working inside exploded last week. His attorney says Barrientos had no idea that gas was on inside the home, which was being rehabbed.

    Sean Fulmer represents the family who lived at 430 Daly Street -- a woman, her teenage daughter who was injured, and the woman's boyfriend, who was also treated for minor injuries.

    "Although their physical injuries may not be life threatening, they are suffering severe mental anguish," Fulmer said today during an inspection at the site of the explosion.

    "Among their possessions, there was an urn. And that contained a family member which they have not been able to locate at this point."

    Law firms representing four of the victims were back at the explosion site conducting their own inspection. Goodman said fire origin and natural gas experts were able to confirm today that there was active gas running into the home at 438 Daly Street at the time of the explosion.

    Gas Valve Still "On"at Explosion Site: Attorney

    [PHI] Gas Valve Still "On"at Explosion Site: Attorney
    Jeff Goodman, an attorney overseeing an inspection at the site of last week's row home explosion in South Philadelphia says his team determined today that gas was flowing into the home at the time of the explosion and Goodman says the gas valve was still on today.

    "We can tell that based upon the blast patterns, based upon the sidewalk cracking at the site, in fact, even today when we looked, that gas valve was still on," said Goodman.

    Barrientos was hired to put down tile in the home, which is owned by SCK Investments and was being rehabbed.

    The Philadelphia Fire Department said on the day of the blast that the preliminary cause of the explosion appeared to be a gas leak and Mayor Michael Nutter backed up that claim the next day in a news conference. Nutter said last week that he would not respond to "rumors and speculation" that Barrientos was smoking a cigarette which may have set off the blast. Barrientos' attorney would not answer the question directly today either.

    "Right now his concern is with treating his injuries and becoming better and getting healthier," Goodman said.

    Family Lost Loved One's Urn in Daly Street Explosion

    [PHI] Family Lost Loved One's Urn in Daly Street Explosion
    Sean Fulmer, an attorney for a family that lived next door to a row home in South Philadelphia that exploded last week, explains why the family "are suffering severe mental anguish" as a result of the blast.