The family of a man who died in the aftermath of the gas explosions is planning to file a wrongful death suit

Kenneth Deveau, 57, of North Andover, suffered cardiac arrest one day after being taken to an evacuation center and died later that month.

A bicyclist takes a turn at a road block as utility contractors dig up the road above natural gas lines along Brookfield Street in Lawrence.
–Charles Krupa / AP, File

BOSTON (AP) — The family of a man who died in the aftermath of the Sept. 13 natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the utility involved in the disaster.

The lawyer representing the estate of Kenneth Deveau tells The Boston Globe the 57-year-old North Andover man, who had numerous health problems, suffered cardiac arrest one day after being taken to an evacuation center. He died later that month.

Attorney Marc Breakstone says the family blames DeVeau’s death on the stress and confusion surrounding the evacuation.

A spokesman for Columbia Gas said its “hearts go out to the family,” but could not comment on pending litigation.

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