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Court rules woman liable in apartment building fire

May 26, 2016
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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a woman whose boyfriend started an apartment building fire is liable for up to $2 million in damages.

The Holland Sentinel reports the court reversed on Tuesday an earlier ruling that limited Barbara Pellow's damages to about $15,000.

Authorities said Pellow's boyfriend in 2012 was using a torch to burn the fur off a squirrel while on a deck at Clearview Apartments in Holland Township.

He planned to cook the squirrel, but left the torch burning, and it sparked the fire.

The flames damaged 32 units in the building.

An insurance company paid more than $2 million for repairs and sued Pellow to recover costs, since she was the registered tenant and not the boyfriend.

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