Insurer files lawsuit after Hampton Beach fire
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- The insurer for a business at New Hampshire's Hampton Beach has sued a utility, saying a February 2010 fire that destroyed a block of businesses was sparked by an electrical glitch.
The suit says before the fire, an electrical fault occurred in a line owned by Unitil. It says the fault caused an electrical conduit, which was attached to the Surf Hotel, to heat up and spark the fire.
The Portsmouth Herald reported the suit was filed in Rockingham Superior Court on behalf of Lloyd's of London. The insurer seeks reimbursement of nearly $33,000 paid to Decalomania, a clothing business. The suit says water pumped during the fire damaged Decalomania's assets.
Fire officials say the fire's cause remains unknown.
A Unitil spokesman said the company is reviewing the lawsuit.