NEW ORLEANS – A couple claims their home was damaged by fire and then leveled by the city, with no compensation provided.

Steven and Dionne Payton filed a lawsuit Feb. 8 against Southern Fidelity Insurance Co. in Orleans Parish Civil District Court alleging breach of contract.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs are seeking damages for an incident that took place following a fire that took place Aug. 20, 2017. The plaintiffs claim that following the fire, they were vacated from their home and the house was bulldozed by the city without the plaintiff's permission. They claim the city also leveled an undamaged structure on the property that was not damaged, and that the city filled in a swimming pool with dirt. The plaintiff filed against the defendant for the damages sustained but they were not given any sort of compensation for the damages suffered.

The defendant is accused of acts of omission and breach of contract.

The plaintiff seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Jessica Mullaly of Mullaly & Associates LLC in Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division E Judge Clare Jupiter.

The Orleans Parish Civil District Court Case No. is 2018-1269.

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