UGI, father of baby killed in gas blast settle

October 26, 2012 3:07:57 PM PDT
The father of a baby killed in a massive natural gas explosion in Allentown last year has settled a wrongful death claim against UGI Utilities Inc.

Terms were not released of the agreement Friday between the Reading-based utility and Steven Vega, the father of 4-month-old Matthew Vega.

Matthew and four others were killed in the February 2011 explosion that destroyed eight homes and triggered a raging fire.

Steven Vega's attorney Chris Perrucci said his client continues to mourn but hopes the settlement will bring some closure.

UGI spokesman Joe Swope confirmed a settlement was reached but declined to comment, citing pending related litigation.

Earlier this month, UGI agreed to pay $386,000 and speed up replacement of cast iron pipelines as part of a proposed settlement with state regulators.