Man injured in Downtown Bakersfield apartment explosion speaks out

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — It’s been minor much more than a 7 days due to the fact an explosion rocked a downtown condominium setting up in Bakersfield. The blast hurt two men and women and displaced dozens far more. For the 1st time, we’re listening to from just one of the folks impacted by the blast and his strategies to consider lawful motion as a consequence of his accidents.

It was a ordinary working day for Zackhary Williamson right before his world was rocked. He was in a unit subsequent to the apartment in which the explosion took put, and he says the injuries he sustained will be with him for the rest of his lifestyle.

“I was sitting down down ingesting a sandwich and then I was airborne. I strike the top of the ceiling. I hit the aspect of the wall, and I was striving to get myself back up.”

Zackhary Williamson

23ABC News

It was a standard day for Zackhary Williamson before his earth was rocked. He was in a unit following to the condominium the place the explosion took place, and he states the accidents he sustained will be with him for the relaxation of his lifestyle.

Williams’ days operating construction may possibly be over following an explosion that he promises broke his leg final 7 days.

“Snapped it in 50 percent and then I have fall foot.”

Williams states instantly pursuing the blast he finished up crawling out of his condominium and throwing himself over the balcony before slipping on to the floor. He says he then hid less than a auto waiting for enable not being aware of what was coming upcoming.

His initial imagined considering the proximity to the federal building that there experienced been a terrorist attack.

Apartment explosion in Downtown Bakersfield

Pacific Fuel and Electrical manages gas and electrical strains on the home but a statement from the enterprise suggests: “The incident was not similar to PG&E tools. The leak supply is imagined to have originated inside the apartment which is shopper-owned property. We concluded our investigation immediately after carefully checking pg&e and shopper-owned gas traces.”

23AC achieved out to Golden Empire Inexpensive Housing about the setting up homeowners – Park 20th LP – but have not listened to back.

Williams’ attorney is also hoping to get much more clarity from the restricted partnership in the times to occur.

“I would like to invite them to give us the option to get our professionals into the scene so we can assess it and ascertain what prompted this explosion.”

No lawsuit has been filed nonetheless as the investigation into the result in of the explosion proceeds. But Williams’s legal professional said Friday that the proof they’ve noticed does not stage in the direction of a meth lab.

“There have been explosions in meth labs. What you see is you see the BPD’s drug unit on scene and you typically see a hazmat crew on scene and at this position in time we see no evidence of a hazmat crew owning responded to the scene.”

As for Williams he states he’s using recovery just one day at a time but fears from that modern explosion will remain with him for the foreseeable future.

“Afraid to change on a stove.”

Encouraging people pursuing downtown apartment explosion

Kern Housing Authority Govt Director Heather Kimmel explained to 23ABC that authorities deemed 12 units in the condominium intricate as uninhabitable right after the explosion. She spoke to all afflicted citizens Thursday and that the housing authority continues to include all relocation expenditures.

There ended up two people today injured in this explosion. At this time we really don’t have any additional updates on the second particular person who was hurt.