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Apartment complex sued after family's home destroyed in fire

By Galia Binder | Mar 11, 2014


NEW ORLEANS – A local family alleges their apartment, possessions and physical health were severely damaged by a fire due to negligence on behalf of the apartment complex.

Sylvia Flint, Brittany Flint Allen, individually and on behalf of Javonte’ Flint, filed suit against 4254 Maple Leaf Drive LLC, Audubon Pointe and Admiral Insurance Company in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Dec. 30, 2013.

The plaintiffs assert that on Dec. 30, 2012, their home at the Audubon Pointe Apartments, located at 4254 Maple Leaf Drive in New Orleans, incurred damage by fire.  An investigation of the fire determined its cause to be a defective air conditioning unit, according to the suit.

The Flint family claims to have lost all their possessions and sustained serious personal injuries which have required months of medical treatment and required Mrs. Flint to have surgery.

The Flints accuse the employees of Maple Leaf of being aware of the faulty air conditioner, but failing to replace it, or alternatively knowingly installing a defective part in the system.  They implicate Admiral Insurance Co., the property’s insurer, in their assertion that the defendants concurrently caused public hazard and misrepresented the facts regarding the fire’s cause.

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages covering physical pain and suffering, emotional trauma, reimbursement for loss of possessions, medical expenses and relocation costs.

The Flints are represented by attorney Pius A. Obioha of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Lloyd J. Medley.

Case no. 2013-12370.

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