Prince George's County family looking for answers month after home wrongly pumped with fuel oil

- A heating oil company's mistake left a Maryland family homeless, after delivering 100 gallons of fuel to the wrong house.

Price Oil Company pumped fuel oil into a non-functioning pipe in their Accokeek, Md. home and it spilled all over the Prince George's County family's basement.

Nearly a month later, the family is still living out of a hotel room with their two children. And the company that's responsible, isn't helping.

Oustide of the Calhoun family's home sits five barrels of fuel oil and their furniture just sitting in their backyard.

It will be a month on February 10 since the family came home to their basement flooded with fuel oil.

"Not having a place to live at all. Most of their wordly possessions are destroyed or polluted, is something that's taken a toll on the family and the main thing really is the property damage," says Attorney Alan Mesh, with Ashcraft and Gerel.

As of right now, their home is not liveable, and it’s because of local company Price Oil Company, who made a wrong oil delivery that day.

"The problem is that ACV Environmental Company need to be paid by the insurance company, and because they're not getting paid by the insurance company, they've stopped work," says Mensh

FOX 5 tried confronting CEO Mary Price for the third time about why their insurance company hasn’t taken action yet.

She wasnt there, but did refer us to her attorney, and he said: “The state of Maryland has a limited number of contractors that do clean up. Price Oil is working with a contractor to clean it up
They do not know how long it should take.”

"Clean up could cost on tens of thousands of dollars, money which my clients don't have to spend right now. They're just trying to get by get by day by day," says Mensh.

He says the company expressed sympathy with the homeowner, but there is still much to be done.

"Nobody's doing anything, nobody's stepping up to the plate," says homeowner Stacy Calhoun.

The family feels that they have few choices left but to file a lawsuit against Price Oil in the coming weeks.

The family says because they haven't been able to heat their home, the cold weather has caused their pipes to have burst, and their home is now full of water, as well as oil.

A GoFundMe page has now been established to help support the family and help with replacing the belongings that have been destroyed, as well as the costs of their mortgage and work to get their house repaired.

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