CHARLESTON - A Charleston couple is suing Toys R Us after they claim a house fire was caused by a Toys R Us product.
Summer Infant was also named as a defendant in the suit.
In May 2012, Travis E. Ellison III and Amy D. Ellison received the Summer Infant baby monitor as a present from Travis Ellison's mother at their baby shower, according to a complaint filed June 24 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
The Ellisons claim the baby monitor was new in the box from Toys R Us and on July 6, 2013, the baby monitor malfunctioned and caused a large fire in their home.
At the time of the fire, Amy Ellison was at home with the couple's 13-month-old child, according to the suit.
The Ellisons claim Amy Ellison fled the home with the infant and contacted the Charleston Fire Department, who extinguished the fire, which, after investigation, was shown to have been caused by the baby monitor.
The product was in a defective condition and that caused injuries and damages to the plaintiffs, according to the suit.
The Ellisons claim Summer Infant and Toys R Us knew or should have known of the defective condition.
The Ellisons are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Kevin P. Davis.
The case is assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 15-C-1264