Ask Joe: Caughlin Fire damages

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Updated: 3/18 12:12 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file one our viewers has asked us to follow up on story we reported last year and it had to do with the Caughlin Fire.
A neighbor of mine, Jari Mcknight, who lost her home in the fire wants to know what happened to the court case where State Farm Insurance sued NV Energy to get the power company to pay for damages from the Caughlin Fire?

Answer:
That case is still winding its way through the court system.
Investigators determined that fire was caused by a tree branch that hit an arcing power line in the gusting winds that night in november of 2011. State Farm did go after NV Energy through a legal process called subrogation. Insurance companies use this process when they believe a third party is responsible for damages. In this case there were 30 homes that were destroyed or damaged in the Caughlin Fire.
I checked with State Farm. They sent me a copy of the complaint that was filed with the court. Basically it says NV Energy should pay those claims since it was a power line that apparently sparked the fire.
Both sides are battling this out in court. As for where it stands right now, the case is before Judge Scott Freeman in Washoe County District Court. No hearings are scheduled but both sides have been asked to submit a management schedule by march 20th. After that the judge will be able to set a hearing date and proceed from there.
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