It cost nearly $104,000 for the Omaha Fire Department to contain the M’s Pub explosion and fire last January in the Old Market. Omaha sent the bill to North Central Service of Bemidji, Minnesota, the subcontractor who is accused of breaking a natural gas line that led into the building. Omaha City Attorney Bernard in den Bosch says the city can seek reimbursement for those costs.
in den Borsch says, “I think a decision was made back in the early 90’s that when you have hazardous materials of that which requires extraordinary equipment, people with additional training, a lot of equipment ends up getting destroyed or damaged in those processes and have to be disposed of that when you are looking at who should bear the costs, should it be the taxpayers or should it be the person who actually profits from a business that put that exposure out there.”
in den Bosch says it is important that taxpayers are not stuck with this bill. A portion of that bill is for services provided by the Omaha Fire Department, overtime and to make repairs to damaged equipment.