A petroleum company is suing a Clear Lake Shores man, alleging negligence over damages the company's boat sustained in a water fire.

Gaither Petroleum Corporation filed a lawsuit July 17 in Galveston County District Court against Edward Page Oliver, alleging breach of duty and negligence.

At approximately 2:13 a.m. on Jan. 24, the complaint states, a water fire was reported at pier 1, slip 16 of the South Shore Harbour Marina in League City. The League City Fire Department determined the fire was caused by electrical wiring on Oliver's boat, Future Income, which was moored at pier 1, slip 16, the suit says.

According to the lawsuit, the fire spread to a 45-foot sailboat moored in pier 1, slip 14, causing the boat's mast to fall and land on Gaither Petroleum's boat, Texas Tea, which was moored at pier 1, slip 10.

The suit says Oliver had a duty to prevent against fire and protect against the spread of fire. The complaint further alleges the defendant was negligent in failing to properly exercise management and control over his boat and its electrical system.

As a result, the plaintiff sustained substantial damages to its boat.

Gaither Petroleum seeks a judgment in an amount within the jurisdictional limits of this court, interests and costs of the suit. It is represented by attorney Case T. Dyke of Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number cv-0074715.

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