Insurer claims waste company responsible for fire

Kelly Holleran Sep. 11, 2008, 9:00am

An Illinois insurance company has filed suit against a waste company, alleging the waste company was responsible for a fire that destroyed a building the insurance company paid to replace.

Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company claims it paid Allied Waste Services $229,253.75 after a fire damaged the company's building Sept. 23, according to a complaint filed Sept. 8 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Allied Insurance claims Allied Waste violated its duty of care by allowing open dumping of waste that resulted in litter at the site, by allowing open burning at the dump site, by failing to collect litter, by leaving uncovered refuse at the site, by providing inadequate supervision of the fires and by having its employees bulldoze its insured tipper before the fire department could determine the cause of the fire.

Allied Waste Services's deductible was $500, according to the complaint.

Allied Insurance is seeking $229,753.75, plus costs.

It is represented by James M. McTighe of Tinley Park.

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