St. Louis property owner alleges worker's blow torch started fire, caused more than $250,000 in damages

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | May 15, 2018

ST. LOUIS – An Indianapolis, Indiana construction company is alleged to have negligently caused a fire at a St. Louis property.

Geoff Schlafly filed a complaint on May 4 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Benito Morales, doing business as Morales Construction, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff contracted Innovative Construction to perform work at his St. Louis property, which in turn contracted the defendant for roofing work. The suit states the defendant negligently operated a blow torch during the work on July 23, 2017, which caught roofing material on fire.

The plaintiff alleges his property suffered damages in the amount of $254,650.66. 

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendant in the amount of $254,650.66, plus costs of court, attorney fees and all other additional relief that the court warranted. He is represented by Christopher Durso and Travis Gray of Evans and Dixon LLC in St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00913

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