Attorney: Girl reported ‘odd smell’


Homes behind two residences that were leveled in an explosion late Saturday night in the Richmond Hill subdivision suffered damage. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

A 12-year-old smelled a strange odor in the garage weeks before a massive explosion destroyed her family’s home and left two dead.

The attorney who represents the girl’s mother, Monserrate Shirley, said the girl occasionally smelled the odor when she got out of the car in an attached garage of their Fieldfare Way home. Attorney Randall Cable said the girl was the only one in the house who smelled it, so they never called anyone or had the odor checked out.

“She smelled an odd smell that they speculated could have been gas,” he said. “But they didn’t smell it, and there wasn’t enough to do anything about it.”

Shirley, her daughter and Shirley’s boyfriend Mark Leonard all lived together at 8349 Fieldfare Way in the Richmond Hill neighborhood. None were home when a devastating explosion late Saturday night killed the neighbors next door and caused an estimated $3.6 million worth of damage to 80 homes.

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