State Farm sues men charged with arson; Seeks to recover Mascoutah fire claim

Kelly Holleran Feb. 2, 2012, 1:15am


A Mascoutah man's insurance company has filed suit against the two men that it claims committed arson, destroying the man's home.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company claims it insured Tony Hite's home at 612 West State St. in Mascoutah when it caught on fire on Nov. 12, 2006. State Farm was forced to pay $114,771.92 for the damages caused by the blaze, according to the complaint filed Jan. 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

At the time of the fire, Hite was out of town. Defendants Jacob Reinneck and Jason W. Stauder were later charged with residential arson in relation to the fire and were arrested, the suit states.

State Farm filed its complaint in an attempt to recover the costs it allegedly spent to repair Hite's home.

The insurance company will be represented by John E. Kerley of Kerley and Associates in Springfield.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-42.

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