Woman sued for 2 million after boyfriend's attempts to cook squirrel with torch ignite apartment fire
Caroline MacGregor April 3, 2014 | WGVU Barbara
Pellow signed an apartment lease with her boyfriend allegedly agreeing to
responsibility for any smoke or water damage. That liability has her in trouble
with not one but two insurance companies after they filed suit in Ottawa County
In the fall
of 2012, Pellow’s boyfriend, Khek Chanthalavong, admitted to using a torch to burn
the fur off a squirrel before placing the torch down on the deck next to a
plastic plant holder. After heading inside to cook the squirrel, the torch
ignited the deck and fire rapidly spread, damaging 32 apartment units.
Indemnity Company was required to make payments in excess of $2 million for
damages. The insurance company says Pellow should pay since she signed a lease agreeing
to be responsible for any damage caused by either her or her boyfriend.
Insurance Company, who paid out more than 56,000 in damages, is suing both partners
saying they breached their " duty to act with reasonable care on the
apartment premises" by using a flammable device on the property.
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