WINFIELD - A Putnam County lawyer claims power companies failed to prevent a fire from destroying his rented office space.

Richard C. Witt PLLC filed a lawsuit Sept. 10 in the Circuit Court of Putnam County against American Electric Power Co. Inc., Appalachian Power Co., Crawford and Co. and Stephen Austin, citing negligence.

The plaintiff claims the defendants failed to fix a dangerous electric pole that was leaning in front of the plaintiff's office, despite multiple requests. This led to a fire on May 15 in which the plaintiff lost his office equipment, furniture and supplies, the complaint says.

The plaintiff also lost income and was forced to rent a different location, according to the brief.

The plaintiff is suing for an undetermined amount of relief.

The company is being represented by Charleston attorney Shawn R. Romano.

Circuit Court of Putnam County Case No: 13-C-293.

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