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Faulty Fire Results in Catastrophy

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Floresville, Texas—On or about March 4, 2006, a blazing fire burned a sleeping family to death in their mobile home in the middle of the night. Pablo Alfredo Arocha managed to save his oldest son, Esteban Alexander Arocha, and escape the fire. His wife, Christina Martinez Arocha and their two younger sons, Jonathan Daniel Arocha and Nicholas Anthony Arocha, burned to death in the fire.


The source of the fire was found to be a Kenmore chest freezer or a GE microwave oven.


Floresville Electric Light and Power System, the electric service provider for the city of Floresville, failed to install a six-inch copper ground rod that should have been in place before any electricity was provided to the plaintiff’s home. This failure posed an unreasonable risk of harm to the Arocha family.


Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair, L.L.P. filed suit contending negligence against Floresville Electric Light and Power System, constituting a proximate cause of Plaintiff Pablo Alfredo Arocha’s and Minor Plaintiff Esteban Alexander Arocha’s life-threatening injuries, and of the fatal injuries to Plaintiff Christina Martinez Arocha and Minor Plaintiffs Nicholas Anthony Arocha and Jonathan Daniel Arocha.


Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair, L.L.P. filed suit also contending negligence against Sears Roebuck and Co. Sears misrepresented the character and quality of the freezer. The misrepresentations were of such a nature as to render Sears strictly liable for the injuries to Plaintiffs.


GE is also claimed as negligent in the designing, manufacturing, and selling of the microwave in question used by the plaintiffs. Said microwave was defective in design and unreasonably dangerous, in that manufacturing and design defects existed in the microwave which such defective and unreasonably dangerous condition was a producing cause of the fire in question and the resulting injuries to Plaintiffs, the excruciating physical pain and mental anguish they suffered, the deaths of Plaintiff Christina Martinez Arocha and Minor Plaintiffs Jonathan Daniel Arocha and Nicholas Anthony Arocha, and of the damages suffered by Plaintiffs.


As a result of the accident, the estates of Christina Martinez Arocha, Jonathan Daniel Arocha, and Nicholas Anthony Arocha are seeking to recover for their mental anguish, physical pain, and necessary funeral bills and expenses.


This case was settled with the defendants for a confidential sum.