DETROIT – Work to repair a major infrastructure issue in Southwest Detroit continued Monday night.
One local business was destroyed by the infrastructure issue, but amid an investigation, officials have ruled out an underground explosion as the cause for the damage.
“At this point, there is no indication that this was a result of a natural gas leak, or our infrastructure not operating as it should be,” said DTE Gas Vice President Renee Tomina.
However, DTE does acknowledge a gas leak and ongoing repairs.
Neighbors say that they have smelled gas in the area for weeks. DTE said it was contained.
On Saturday, the owner of Stash Detroit felt what he described as an underground explosion.
“(My children) are scared, they don’t know (what’s going on), asking me ‘Mom, why does the road look like a tunnel? Is the building falling down?,’” said nearby resident Amy Richardson. “As a parent, that’s concerning, because how can you comfort your children when they are asking these questions that you don’t have answers to?”
DTE officials said while the leak was contained, they worry of methane leaking from cracks on Fort Street.
Sources said Stash Detroit, which was significantly damaged, may have to be torn down.