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Chandler blast a ‘game changer’ for 4 men

September 14th, 2021 development
Chandler blast a ‘game changer’ for 4 men

By Ken Sain, Staff Writer

Life was heading in the right direction for the Ryan brothers until an explosion Aug. 26 knocked it onto a new, rockier course.

“This was their livelihood, they worked 24/7 to get this thing going, and it was actually a very profitable year,” said Paul Ryan, their father. “Now it’s gone.”

Chandler Police say an unintentional natural gas leak ignited by an “independent ignition source” caused a massive blast that ripped the roof off of a portion of Chandler Sunset Plaza at Ray and Rural roads. Four people were injured, all are expected to survive.

Brothers Andrew and Dillon Ryan ran Platinum Printing together. A longtime friend, Parker Milldebrandt, was an employee. The fourth person injured was 58-year-old Glenn Jordan, who worked at All-American Eyeglass Repair shop a few suites down from the printers.  All four suffered major burns.

“The boys had a pretty good following from through the years they’ve had the business,” Paul Ryan said. “You knew the two boys, once you met them, you’d fall in love with them.”

GoFundMe pages have been set up for all four men to help them in their recovery, which Paul Ryan said will take a while.

“There have been so many people sending on their prayers, and texts, emails, phone calls,” Paul Ryan said. “We’ve been on our phones constantly. The donations have been so generous.”

At the mid-point of this week nearly $200,000 had been donated to the three GoFundMe drives for the four men.

Their father said his sons started their business in 2007 and had been at that location for four to five years. He helped them get it started. Paul Ryan said he knew there was a need for more printing businesses in Chandler because of his own work as a landscape architect.

The 39-year-old Andrew Ryan is married to Christy and they are parents of two children, 12-year-old Luke and 8-year-old Bridget. The 29-year-old Dillon Ryan is married to Casi and they also have two children, four-year-old Carson and three-month-old Layla.

Milldebrandt is 29 and he and his wife Sierra were expecting delivery of their first child. It was due days after the explosion happened. Jordan is 58 and married to Cindy and they have three daughters.

Messages left for the Milldebrandt and Jordan families were not immediately returned.

The GoFundMe page for Milldebrandt said he sustained burns on 27 percent of his body and was placed in a medically induced coma shortly after he arrived at the hospital.

The organizer for his fund drive, JeAnnette Miller, said Milldebrandt is “the hardest working, nicest, most loyal brother, friend, son, and husband I know” and that “he has been so excited about the arrival of his first child since he and Sierra found out they were expecting.

“It is heartbreaking he will not be able to be by Sierra’s side through her delivery. Sierra and baby girl M are strong and surrounded by family at this time. Nonetheless, it is such an unimaginable time for everyone,” she added, noting he had had one successful surgery and was scheduled to undergo a second.

Dave Hawkins, the GoFundMe organizer for Jordan said he has a wife and daughter.

“Glenn has deep roots in Kingman where we met in the 80’s and broadcast Bulldog sports together, though he relocated in the valley long ago where he has prospered with business and family endeavors,” Hawkins wrote. “He now faces the toughest battle of his life and he can benefit from our collective good will…..From Kingman to Chandler and beyond, we say be strong my brother.”

Chandler Police say they have wrapped up their investigation into the explosion. ATF Special Agent in Charge Gabriel Pinon said in a release the cause was accidental, not criminal.

They have returned the building back to the property management company.

Paul Ryan said his conversations with his sons so far have been more about the short-term than what they will do in the future.

“The boys have just mentioned that they want to focus on getting well, and get back to their families,” he said. “They don’t want to think beyond that. If they started (the printing business) back up, it would have to be created from scratch.”

He paused, possibly reflecting on where their lives were before the blast.

“It’s a game changer.”