GRETNA – State Farm is seeking damages for a fire that was allegedly caused by negligence.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. filed a suit against Codi Deshae Parsons Oubre and Lemuel J. Oubre in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 5.

According to the claim, the owner of a property at 105 Farman St. in Westwego allowed the defendants to reside in her residency. The suit states that the defendants' negligence caused a fire and explosion on Aug. 9, 2015, due to leaving cooking unattended on a stove. The suit states the fire spread to the neighboring property, which was covered by an insurance policy from the plaintiff. The plaintiff claims it paid $143,984.94 in regards to the neighboring property for the fire damage and $112,445.35 to the owner of the Westwego property where the defendants were staying.

The defendants are accused of negligence and acts of omission through failure to take the proper care to prevent such incidents.

The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for reimbursement. The plaintiff is represented by W. Ransom Pipes and Blaine T. Aydell of Hannah, Colvin & Pipes in Baton Rouge.

The case has been assigned to Division G Judge E. Adrian Adams.

The 24th Judicial District Court Case number 763581

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