ST. LOUIS – A hotel operator alleges it sustained more than $5 million in damages because a pipe in its sprinkler system failed.

Equis Hospitality Management LLC filed a complaint on April 2 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Western States Fire Protection Co., Century Fire Sprinklers Inc. and Allied Tube & Conduit Corp. alleging negligence and recklessness.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 28, 2014, a pipe that was part of its dry sprinkler system burst at plaintiff's Residence Inn Hotel in Earth City, causing extensive property damage, loss of business income and extra expenses totaling $5,120,845.89. 

The plaintiff holds Western States Fire Protection Co., Century Fire Sprinklers Inc. and Allied Tube & Conduit Corp. responsible because National Fire allegedly failed to inspect the system to ensure the pipes were pitched property and failed to check the system for corrosion and leaks; Century Fire allegedly improperly designed the system; and Allied allegedly failed to warn of the potential risk of weld seam corrosion.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of more than $25,000, plus interest, attorney's fees, costs, and expenses and all further relief as the court deems just and proper. It is represented by Robert W. Cockerham of Cockerham & Associates LLC in St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00647




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