WHEELING – An insurance company is suing to recover a payout it made to a restaurant after a fire that occurred due the defendant's alleged negligence.

Nationwide Property & Casualty Insurance Company filed the suit May 16 in Ohio Circuit Court against Sheffield Fire & Safety Inc.

The suit says that on May 25, 2014, a fire broke out at the Silver Chopsticks in Wheeling. According to the claim, Sheffield Fire had installed a fire suppression system in 2009, and while it should have contained the fire, it allegedly did not, and the fire spread, resulting in the loss of the business.

Not only did Nationwide pay $74,062 to the restaurant for its damages, but it also paid the $1,000 deductible due to Sheffield's alleged negligence, for a total of $75,062.65, the suit says.

In addition to a trial by jury, Nationwide seeks judgment of compensatory damages in the amount of $75,062.65, plus interest, legal expenses and other relief the court deems proper. It is represented by Melissa K. Oliverio of the Law Offices of Khan & Skeens in Morgantown.

Ohio Circuit Court Case number 16-C-146

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