State Farm sues construction company, Electrolux for allegedly causing fire

Ben Hart Feb. 26, 2014, 2:10pm

State Farm is suing over claims the negligence of two different companies caused a fire.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, for Angel and Debra Gonzalez, filed a lawsuit Feb. 18 in the Cook County District Court against Red Seal Development Corp. and Electrolux Home Products Inc., citing breach of implied warranty of occupancy and breach of implied warranty of workmanship and negligence.

State Farm claims that on July 22, 2011, the Gonzalezs suffered extensive damage to their house at 5414 W. Hanson Ave. in Chicago when it caught fire. According to the brief, Red Seal Development didn't install the proper dryer cap for the exhaust duct at the residence, resulting in a large accumulation of lint which caused the fire. The suit alleges Electrolux Home Products' dryer was defective and collected lint in the heater pan, also contributing to the fire, causing damages in excess of $90,000.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in the amount of $90,218.59 and court costs. They are being represented in the case by Chicago attorney Gregory Oltman of Oltman Law Group, P.C.

Cook County District Court Case No. 2014L001621.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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