By Brian Kelly, Watertown Daily Times:
A city fire captain seriously injured while fighting a Newell Street arson fire last year has filed suit against the two men who started the blaze.
Theodore G. Kolb III filed state Supreme Court action Friday against John H. Long and Scott Munson, both of whom are serving 2 1/3– to 7-year state prison sentences imposed in November in Jefferson County Court for third-degree arson and first-degree reckless endangerment convictions stemming from the Feb. 19, 2018, fire at 108 Newell St.
The suit also names Samaritan Medical Center, which owns the fire site under affiliate Newell Street Realty LLC, and the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District, which regulates flows of the Black River, which runs adjacent to the fire site.
The suit claims that Mr. Long and Mr. Munson carelessly and recklessly started the fire, failed to safely and properly extinguish it and failed to warn anyone of the fire or seek help extinguishing it. It also claims that Samaritan, which used the building for record storage, was negligent by, among other things, failing to keep the building secure and failing to install fire prevention measures and alarms. The regulating district is alleged to have been negligent by failing to properly inspect and maintain the banks, flow and path of the Black River, resulting in erosion along the shore that contributed to the collapse of a building wall.
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