(ROSE HILL, Kan.)—He lost his Rose Hill home in a propane explosion last August, but Stan Olson never received any money from the company who caused it. Now he's is taking Global Propane to court.
"I've always prided myself for always keeping my properties nice, and now we look at a burned up mess," Olson said. "Yes, it is frustrating"
Olson's rental home nearly burned to the ground 11 months ago when tanks from nearby Global Propane exploded and landed on his property
"Could see flames shooting above the trees, propane tanks blowing everywhere," Olson said.
Since then, Olson has been working with Global's insurance company to get money for the damage.
"I say work reluctantly because it has been a one way street," Olson said. "If they don't answer the phone, they never call me back."
That's why Olson called Attorney Don Snook, who just filed a lawsuit against the company.
"We just want to hold Global Propane responsible and accountable because it was there negligence that caused this," Snook said.
Olson can't just level this home, he has to dig out the foundation and the cellar to clean it up. Thats adding to the cost and it also makes him liable, incase someone is injured here before its cleaned up
Global Propane Owner John Jacobson says he had no idea there was a problem, because the insurance company has been handling all claims. He also says he has no control over that process.
Snook says it may take time to get this matter settled in court.
"If they drag their feet and draw out the litigation, it could take six months to 18 months before we could go to trial," Snook said.
Olson didn't want to take this step, but feels he had to to get the money he feels he deserves.
"I'm sickened for my property loss," Olson said. "But I wonder if the insurance company is dealing with me this way, what are they doing to the other people."
So far, Olson is the only homeowner to file suit.
KWCH did try and contact Global's insurance company. We haven't received a response.