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Mr. Robert L. Watn 2
aRr Pawel No. 13-400-132
On the other bhAnd, it the. faots ae diftrent, it might be that w
iheAM mvw at a sttlme t with tbhm a to splauemomt of the
fenoe. Obvieuly, we asr not oing to be able to ft a right of
*tyr eaja smtil we pfc the astteq wereSt on* irIenm the Eise
claW. fl we will have to go to Qdurv &ta have mnxto LiutigetteO
in bothb direotis. Uader ths- Ilnm rteas, I fetl tat it woald
be batter to 9g the sUrvey inenati Oa ia me other mmmer than
inasitisg apon go9lg on Mr. Aletn's property.
Please let an kaow thI e fet oonmeeig td matter ot ihebber the
Disltrit fatf kaw about the fire while it was o1a9g ea afd, if
so, %bat step they teek to try to saaWAs it. Als*, if we have
iabli ity invuxlnee, the ineuraoe company hold be naotifled of
Mr. AMotea's olam.
Yours very traly,
Myron 4. Gibbon.
August 3, 1977
MEMO TO: MGG
RE: Liability of the District for fire
Most of the Florida case law dealing with this subject is
limited to cases involving sparks from locomotives which start
fires along the track. Liability under those circumstances was
governed by statute for many years.
In the absence of statute, the right to recover for damage
from fire spreading from another's property depends on 1. The
existence of negligence in the origin of the fire; or 2. Negli-
gence in controlling the fire; or 3. Negligence in failing to
provide means for its extinguishment. Weis-Patterson Lumber Co.
v. King, 177 So. 3134Fla. 1937).
Since, under the instant set of facts, the fire did not
originate on the District's property, the District cannot be
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