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Insurance Company Sues State College Man for $1.2 Million After July 4th Fire

by on March 26, 2014 2:00 PM

A major insurance company has filed a lawsuit in federal court against a State College man for allegedly causing a July 4th apartment building fire.

State Farm insurance company, which insures Waupelani Housing, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. Middle District Court against Guen Scop Lee seeking $1.2 million plus legal fees.

The fire, which happened at Waupelani Heights in the 400 block of Waupelani Drive, damaged 19 units, left 40 people homeless, and caused $1.2 million in damage. Local authorities later determined a grill located on a balcony started the blaze.

In the suit, State Farm blames Lee for the fire saying it was his grill that started the flames. The suit says, "damages were the direct and proximate result of the negligence and carelessness of the defendant."

State Farm is seeking a jury trial.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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