Hattiesburg, MS asked in Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for Mississippi

Q: Is it possible to sue the volunteer fire department if they were in the wrong

On Saturday January the 14th I had a house fire, we put the fire out before the fire dept. arrived, when the fire dept. did arrive they went in the house took a fan in to blow the smoke out and cleared us to go in said fire was out and everything was fine, my fiance, our 4 kid's, and myself get dressed and go to Lowe's to buy paint, primer, kilz, paintbrushes and stuff to fix the damage done to the wall and cabinets, while we're in Lowe's we start getting phone call after phone call saying the fire started back...I just need to know if I have a case. Also there was a fire hydrant right in front of my house but they didn't use it! They're claiming it doesn't work and our neighbor's told us the firemen were poking holes in the side of the house and busting windows before they took an ax to the door! but I feel like this was a race issue because I'm white my fiance and our kids are black. I'm not greedy nor selfish I don't want money or a whole new house I just want my home fixed.

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Go with the homeowners, let them take care of it. 1) very tough to prove they left it be; likely they don't have heat sensing equipment and did what they could to check. 2) you left, so you're saying they should have watched? 3) you live there--you may need them.

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