Ohio River Valley Fire Protection sued over property damage

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 4, 2013

HUNTINGTON – Null’s Machine & Manufacturing Shop, Inc., is suing Ohio River Valley Fire Protection, LLC, for negligently inspecting, repairing and maintaining a fire suppression system.

On Aug. 13, 2009, Ohio was hired by Null’s to inspect, certify, maintain, service and repair the fire suppression system of its business, according to a complaint filed Dec. 19 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Null’s claims Ohio inspected the system again on Nov. 24, 2009, and recorded a static pressure reading of 125 PSI with a residual pressure reading of 120 PSI during the main drain test.

Ohio performed additional tests on the fire suppression system in 2010, 2011 and 2012, according to the suit, and did not make any recommendations to Null’s or any other entity following the inspections, even though their 2009 findings indicated a problem with the integrity of the underground water supply line.

Null’s claims on June 22, the water supply line ruptured and water poured onto the property, causing extensive damage to the floors, drywall, doors and other structural components of the building.

The rupture of the pipe was caused by the negligence of Ohio, according to the suit.

Null’s claims Ohio provided inadequate services to the fire suppression system and failed to perform complete and thorough inspections of the pipes and component parts of the fire suppression system.

Ohio exposed the property of Null’s to a dangerous condition by failing to perform further investigation of the fire suppression system and its component parts, according to the suit.

Null’s is seeking compensatory damages. It is being represented by Stephen R. Crislip, Samuel J. Pace Jr. and Stephen M. Winning.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David M. Pancake.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 12-C-838

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