Man accuses A/C company of causing fire in home

Kelly Holleran Aug. 21, 2014, 4:42pm

A man has filed suit against Triangle Air Care, saying its employees caused his home to catch on fire.

Dan R. Jacobs filed suit July 25 in the Jefferson County District Court against Triangle Air Care Inc.

According to the complaint, Jacobs hired employees from Triangle Air Care to solder lines that were being connected to an air conditioning unit at a home he was building on the Bolivar Peninsula at Crystal Beach. 

However, he alleges the employees inadequately performed the job and caused a fire to erupt, according to the complaint.

Due to the fire, Jacobs was forced to repair his home, which cost $163,437.09, the suit states. In addition, Jacobs will be forced to disclose the fire to potential home buyers, which will decrease its resale value, the complaint says.

After work on the home was completed, Jacobs was able to close on the property. However, the completion date was delayed due to the fire. During the year-long lapse, rates rose from 3.45 percent to 4.625 percent, Jacobs claims.

Jacobs accuses the defendants of negligence and gross negligence.

He is seeking actual, consequential, statutory and punitive damages, plus other relief the court deems just.

He will be represented by attorney John Pat Parsons of Lindsay, Lindsay and Parsons in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court case number B195-912

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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