Illinois Farmers seeks to recover insured's loss

Kelly Holleran Feb. 15, 2011, 7:19am

An insurance company has filed suit against the manufacturer of a fan in an attempt to recoup more than $100,000 it says it lost when its insured's home caught on fire.

Illinois Farmers Insurance Company claims Laurie Thompson had an insurance policy with it when her home at 642 East Monroe St. in Belleville caught on fire Jan. 10. The blaze originated in a dual power fan manufactured by defendant Kaz, according to the complaint filed Jan. 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Farmers paid Thompson $102,344.84 for damages caused to her residence during the fire, the suit states.

Now Farmers is seeking reimbursement from Kaz, saying the company
negligently placed a malfunctioning fan into the stream of commerce, creating an unreasonably dangerous condition.

Farmers alleges strict liability and failure to warn against Kaz.

In addition to the money it says it paid to Thompson, Farmers is seeking an extra $1,000 for the deductible Thompson paid, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Steven M. Thompson of Sneckenberg, Thompson and Brody in Chicago will be representing it.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-36.

More News