A New Orleans commercial property owner has filed a lawsuit against his neighbor, claiming a fire originating from their junction box caused extensive property damage to his building.

Ars Bohemia and United Fire Group filed suit against 813-815 Royal Street Properties, ABC Insurance Co., Royal Street Properties and XYZ Insurance Co. July 30 in Orleans Parish District Court.

Ars Bohemia owned a commercial building that shared a common wall with the defendants.

Bohemia says his property was damaged by fire in August 2009. He says the fire originated in an electrical junction box and conduit that was owned by the defendants but mounted on Bohemia's side of the common wall. He states only the defendants possessed the key to unlock the electrical panel and claims to have had no access to the junction box. He says the fire caused extensive fire damage to his property.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to inspect, maintain, and/or repair the junction box, electric panel and other electrical components that serviced their building and for failing to obey the city and state electrical code.

Bohemia and United Fire Group are seeking damages for any property damages, any deductible paid, expert fees, interest, attorney fees and court costs.

The petitioner is represented by New Orleans attorneys Natasha Wilson and Tiffany Mann Collins of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith.

A jury trial is requested.

Judge Herbert A. Cade is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2010-7874

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