Local homeowners sue construction company

By Katie Boer | kboer@lasvegasnow.com

Published 08/29 2016 09:42PM

Updated 08/30 2016 03:53AM

Cracked walls and broken tiles are some of the interior and exterior damage some Southern Highlands homeowners say they are experiencing. Homeowners are blaming recent construction for the damage.

The company behind the blasting is called Wesco.

Liz Cowan Travis has lived with her husband in Southern Highlands for 12 years. She says they first started noticing the cracks in their ceiling and tile in June.

Neighbors say they started noticing the damage after Richmond American Homes started excavating the property. Many neighbors say they reached out to the construction company.

"They said in a very long, convoluted e-mail back that it was totally not them. It was environmental and weather conditions causing all of these damages, all down this street," Travis said.

Attorney Matthew Callister represents several homeowners along the street. He says they filed a lawsuit nearly two weeks ago after the company denied responsibility and said it had no plans to stop the construction.

That's bad news for Nicholas Chirillo, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"They set a charge off. I was in the bathroom. I hit the floor. I grabbed my service dog and hit he floor. I thought it was a 175 shell," he said.

Renter Tina Stattman says tiles are falling off her backyard pool.

"When we moved in, you barely could see anything in the ceiling," she said. "Now, you see the cracks are getting deeper, and deeper and longer."

Several neighbors have already filed lawsuits. They said they only did this, because the construction company denied responsibility.

Calls to Wesco seeking comment for this story were not returned.

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