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Merriwether Resident Files Suit Against Volunteer Fire Department and Neighbor

web posted January 23, 2014

MERRIWETHER Patricia and William Pitka, have filed a law suit claiming damages as a result of the Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department clearing land around the Station 3 on Murrah Road in anticipation of possibly creating a training facility for CSRA Firefighters and emergency responders. The 9-page filing was made Friday, January 17, and demands a jury trial.

The lawsuit lists four causes of action including Negligence and Recklessness, Private Nuisance, Public Nuisance, and Trespass.

According to the filing, the Pitka's claim that as a result of the fire department clearing the once wooded lot behind the fire station created run-off problems that diminished the value of their property. They also include in the suit, that a neighbor diverted run-off water from the site onto their property as well.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages that will be determined by a jury.

Named as defendants are the Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Chief Joey Smith, firefighter Al Delaughter, Fire Commissioners Ray Johnson and Paul Bunch, Pioneer Rentals, and neighbor Algier Byers.

The suit represents only one side of the case and all defendants have 30 days to respond.

Edgefield Daily was unable to make contact with Edgefield County Administrator Lynn Strom on Wednesday for a comment on the allegations due to time constraints not involving the county.

Edgefield Daily will continue to follow the case once a response from the county has been released.

The case is listed in Civil Court as Action No. 2014-CP-19-017






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