Washington & Jefferson College says student caused fire, resulting in more than $585,000 in damages

By Bree Gonzales | Oct 5, 2018


PITTSBURGH — A private college is suing a student, citing alleged negligence and trespass to real property.

Washington and Jefferson College filed a complaint on Sept. 5 in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County against Justin Dix, alleging the student caused a fire to plaintiff's property.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 18 a fire was discovered originating inside the athletic facility that caused damage to the college's real and personal property in an amount totaling $565,469.04. 

The plaintiff holds Dix responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly dispose of smoking material. Furthermore, Dix did not have permission to enter the property and knew or should have known that it was under construction and was off limits to pedestrians.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an amount to justly compensate it, in excess of the jurisdictional minimum of this Court, plus costs and interests. It is represented by Brian Suth of Nielsen, Zehe & Antas P.C. in Chicago and Richard Andracki of Andracki, Sysak & Artman, P.C. in Pittsburgh.

The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Case No. is GD-18-011327. 

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