STANFORD — A Hustonville woman and her grandson have filed a lawsuit against the city of Hustonville alleging that failure to maintain proper water pressure in city water lines contributed the destruction of their business in a fire last year.
Mary Kirkpatrick, who owned the building at 110 Lyons Court, and Billy Kirkpatrick, who operated Billy’s Body Shop there, filed the complaint last week in Lincoln Circuit Court. The city, its water and fire departments, and unnamed employees are named as defendants.
The building burned down on the morning of Sept. 17, 2011, after about 40 firefighters from four different departments failed to extinguish the blaze after fighting it for two hours, according to a story in The Advocate-Messenger.
According to the lawsuit, filed by Danville attorney Ephraim Helton, the city departments and employees failed or refused to maintain or fix the water lines and hydrants, even though it was known that problems existed. Failing to address such issues caused there to be “insufficient flow of water for fire suppression,” the lawsuit contends.