Robbie Hargett Jan. 19, 2016, 1:15pm


HARRISBURG—Allstate is suing a New York plumbing and heating equipment company, alleging negligence caused a furnace fire that substantially damaged a home.

Allstate Insurance Company, as subrogee of Kenneth and Kathleen Roberts filed a lawsuit Jan. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Guagliardo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, alleging negligence, breach of contract, and breach of warranty.

According to the complaint, Allstate provided property insurance to Kenneth and Kathleen Roberts for their home at 13830 State Route 858, Little Meadows.

Guagliardo provided maintenance, analysis, and service on the furnace in the Roberts' property, the suit states. 

On Dec. 27, 2014, the lawsuit states, a fire erupted in the furnace and spread throughout the property, causing substantial damage. The suit alleges a subsequent investigation revealed Guagliardo failed to identify and remedy defects in the furnace that eventually caused the fire, among other negligent acts or omissions.

Allstate seeks $537,301.24, plus interest, costs of the suit, delay damages and attorney fees. The plaintiff is represented by attorneys Kevin M. McBeth and Raymond E. Mack of de Luca Levine LLC in Blue Bell.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case number 3:16-CV-00055-JMM

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