Insurer sues Sam's, Sysco and Aldi over fire at Soul and Sea Restaurant

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 18, 2019

PITTSBURGH — An insurer is suing companies where fryer oil was bought to recoup costs associated with a fire at a soul food restaurant.

The Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company a/s/o Byzantine Inc., filed a complaint on April 2 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against Sysco Corporation, Sam's East Inc., and Aldi Inc.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident on April 28, 2017. Byzantine entered into a lease agreement for the space located at 10710 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, for the restaurant Soul and Sea 

The suit states that the plaintiff experienced a fire at their location, due to the fact that rags and towels that had been sanitized by the defendant had previously been saturated in cooking oils. This caused a fire to break out on November 29, 2017, causing damages to the plaintiff's property in the amount of $144,789.54.

The defendants are accused of negligence, products liability.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Jonathan C. Beech of Poerio & Walter Inc., in Pittsburgh.

The Allegheny County Court Case number GD-19-4807

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