Suit filed in pipeline explosion

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ A family whose members suffered burns when a natural gas pipeline exploded last week in the Texas Panhandle are suing the companies involved.

The Torres family filed a negligence lawsuit in Potter County on Thursday against the pipeline's owner, El Paso Natural Gas Co.; its parent company, El Paso Corp.; and the pipeline operator, Atmos Energy Corp.

Speakers for the entities declined to comment. The 24-inch pipeline exploded Nov. 5, shaking homes, melting window blinds and shooting flames hundreds of feet into the air, aaccording to a statement from the family's law firm, the Torres' home is about 100 yards from where the pipeline exploded.

Three members of the Torres family were injured in the explosion.