Insurer goes after AmerenUE and electrical contractor for fire damages

By Ann Knef | Nov 14, 2007

8701 Village Place in East St. Louis AmerenUE and an electrical subcontractor responsible for reconnecting an East St. Louis resident's downed power lines after a destructive ice storm last winter are being sued by Illinois Farmers Insurance Co.

8701 Village Place in East St. Louis

AmerenUE and an electrical subcontractor responsible for reconnecting an East St. Louis resident's downed power lines after a destructive ice storm last winter are being sued by Illinois Farmers Insurance Co.

According to a suit filed Nov. 8 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, a fire broke out in the home of Anthony Walker because defendant Sumter Utilities caused a spike in the power flow during reconnection on Dec. 7, 2006.

Illinois Farmers claims it paid $112,465.93 in fire damage for the property located at 8701 Village Place.

Walker paid a $1,000 deductible, the suit claims.

Both defendants had a "special/higher duty of care because of their position as a utility company/contractor and repairer of highly dangerous electrical power lines," the complaint states.

Represented by Stuart M. Brody of Chicago and Matthew C. Zittel of Neville, Richards & Wuller of Belleville, Illinois Farmers seeks the sum it paid on the claim as well as costs of the suit.

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