An investigation by The Hindu has revealed that at least seven pipes in New Jersey are still missing.
According to a press release issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the pipes were damaged in a fire at a residential home on the Upper East Side on June 26, 2017.
The press release said, “According to the DEP, the pipes and fittings are missing because they are connected to electrical sockets.
The pipes and fixtures have been repaired in a safe and professional manner by a professional plumber.”
As of Tuesday, June 27, the fire damage was not fixed and the DEPD had yet to determine how long the fire lasted.
On Tuesday, July 2, an inspection showed that one of the six pipes was missing.
“The department is currently conducting a search of the area to find the missing pipe,” the DEPA said.
The state has launched an investigation into the matter.
“This incident has been reported to the Office of the Inspector General, which is working with the State Fire Marshal to review the cause of the fire and determine if there is any negligence,” the department said.
“If there is, the DEPS will take appropriate action.”