New Jersey – Problems persist 2 years after fatal explosion destroys homes

NJ.COM:  Problems persist 2 years after fatal explosion destroys homes
…residents in South Fork were at the mercy of their homeowners’ association and its hiring decisions.
By Cristina Rojas
July 18, 2016

EWING – Nearly two years after a deadly gas explosion ripped through their Ewing neighborhood, Tara and Billy Jones were finally able to move back into their newly rebuilt home.

They had lived through more than a year of frustrations and delays and hoped that the return home would be easy — but it’s been anything but that. “We didn’t ask for this explosion and now we’re getting treated so poorly,” Tara Jones said.

Jones and her husband said they have been worn out by battles with the contractors and have had to deal with many problems, like cracks in the walls, sloppy patchwork, crooked window frames, water damage and noise coming through the walls from their neighbors — something she said never happened in the 13 years they lived there.

Even now, seven months since they moved back in, there is still a punch list of items yet to be completed or fixed. Read more:

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