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Couple alleges outdoor-only chemical used during basement cleanup caused watery eyes

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By Carrie Bradon | Jul 16, 2019

HUNTINGTON – A Huntington couple alleges a chemical used during the cleanup of their flooded basement has made them unable to live in their home.

Robert Caleb Jones and Ashley Jones filed a complaint in Cabell Circuit Court against West Virginia-American Water Co.; Timber Ridge Restorations LLC, doing business as ServePro of Huntington; and J&J General Maintenance Inc. alleging negligence.

The suit states that the plaintiffs' basement flooded on March 5 due to an improperly maintained water main owned and operated by the defendant West Virginia-American Water Co. The suit states ServePro was hired for cleanup.

The suit states during cleanup, it was determined the tiles in their basement contained asbestos and ServePro contracted J&J General Maintenance for removal and abatement. The plaintiffs allege J&J used a chemical during the removal that was labeled and intended for outdoor use only. The plaintiffs allege the chemical's odor still persists in their home and causes burning and watery eyes, congestion, sore throats and nausea. They allege they are unable to live in their home.

The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiffs are represented by Kenneth P. Hicks of Kenneth P. Hicks LC in Huntington.

Cabell Circuit Court case number 19-C-249

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