A flash fire that killed three service employees at a Jasper, Ala., dealership is under investigation by the state Fire Marshal's Office and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The fire broke out June 12 in an oil change service pit at Carl Cannon Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick-GMC, causing the deaths of technicians Jake Jennings, 39, Javan Robinson, 20, and Zack Davis, 20. Two other employees were injured.
"It's still under investigation," Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen told Fixed Ops Journal. "You can imagine, with ... injuries and three fire-related deaths, we're taking our time to cover everything."
Pilgreen said his office has investigated flash fires before but none in a service pit. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of each of the victims.
Curt Ballard, dealership controller, declined to discuss the fire or litigation.
Jennings' family was the first to file suit. That case seeks workers' compensation benefits from the dealership and damages, alleging negligence and breach of warranty by four suppliers: Unilube Systems, Hessaire Products Inc., Flynn Distributing Co. and Wurth USA Inc.