IFIC APP

Repudiation of liability for a hotel fire. - 16th September 2013

Dr Lygate is more the scientist or engineer. He is academically and professionally well qualified. He was a particularly careful witness. He was precise in the way he answered questions. He provided detailed reasons for his opinions under reference to the findings of the fire investigation. To the extent that it is necessary for me to form a view, I prefer the evidence of Dr Lygate over that which is to contrary effect.

Looking to all the evidence but particularly that of Dr Lygate, which for the reasons given above I accept in its entirety, I conclude that the area of origin was Bedroom 9 and the point of origin was in or about the corner by the bed.

Therefore, in the absence of any alternative, like Dr Lygate I conclude that the fire must have been started by some means involving human agency”.

William S Duffey, JR. United States District Judge.

MRS KATHLEEN MARY SELENA McLEAN or TOREMAR against CGU BONUS LIMITED

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