Federal Insurance Co. v. Philotimo

Federal Insurance Co. v. Philotimo, Inc.
2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 108105 (W.D.P.A. Nov. 19, 2009)

Homeowner hired defendant to inspect and clean its fireplace and chimney after observing chunks of mortar falling into the fireplace. Homeowner showed defendant’s technicians the fallen mortar. The technicians cleaned and visually inspected the chimney and reported to homeowner that it “looked good.” Thereafter, an extensive fire swept through the house causing over $400,000 in damage.
Following the fire, homeowner’s insurer commissioned an inspection which revealed numerous signs of damage and disrepair to the chimney that suggested defendant’s technicians should have instructed homeowner not to use fireplace and chimney until repairs were made.

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