Virginia Fire Department Sues Apparatus Manufacturer for Fire

A Virginia fire department that suffered a major fire in it’s fire station back in 2012, has filed suit against the manufacturer of an engine that allegedly started the fire. The January 26, 2012 fire in the Brosville Volunteer Fire Department’s station caused over $1 million in damage.

Investigator’s concluded that the fire started in a 2008 International engine described as a “crash engine”. The suit is actually being brought in the fire company’s name by it’s insurer under a right of subrogation. Selective Insurance is suing Navistar International Corporation.

The engine had an estimated value of $270,000 with $200,000 worth of equipment. Also damaged was an ambulance worth $150,000 and $50,000 in equipment, plus damage to the station.

More on the fire.

More on the suit.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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