Liability of a Water Company in Case of Fire.

Liability of a Water Company in Case of Fire.

The Supreme court of Florida has lately rend ered a decision in the matter of a water company’s liability in case of fire, as follows: Where defendant contracted with a city to furnish water for fire protection, if because of defendant’s negligent failure to furnish water where the fire started, and because of usual natural condi tions, that were ordinarily likely to exist under the circumstances, and should reasonably have been contemplated as probable to occur, the fire, as a proximate result of the defendant’s negligence, spread to and consumed plaintiff’s property, defendant may lie liable if it did not so discharge its immediate duty to plaintiff by furnishing water at or near plaintiff’s house, that the water could reasonably, under the circumstances as they then existed, have been successfully used in extinguishing the lire when it reached plaintiff’s property. If defendant was not negligent in failing to furnish water for the immediate protection of plaintiff’s property, but as a proximate result of defendant’s negligence in not furnishing water as legally required when the fire started, or at points covered by the conflagration before it reached plaintiff’s property, the fire spread to and consumed such property, because it could not reasonably have been extinguished at plaintiff’s house by the use of water furnished there, de fendant may be liable.—Supreme Court of I’lor ida, 49 S. R., 556.

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