Lawyers for property owner in explosion ask for more time

Lawyers for the owner of a Pawtucket triple-decker that exploded in Novemberhave 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 ablast injured two people.

The explosion was ruled accidental, but authorities discovered a new heatingsystem 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 havehad any impact whatsoever on the cause of the fire. But had we been called backin to do an inspection, we don't know what a housing inspector would havefound. Maybe (the inspector) would have found other deficiencies at the time. Ithink that's the core of the issue," said Tony Pires, Pawtucket public safetydirector.

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