Court upholds decision on unauthorized excavator use

Sep 25, 2012 | 01:31 PM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  Bates Recycling, Christopher Bates, scrapyard fire, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — An Ohio scrapyard owner will not be reimbursed for damages a firefighter allegedly caused to the recycler’s equipment while putting out a fire in October 2010.

Christopher Bates, owner of Cygnet, Ohio-based Bates Recycling Inc., sued the Village of Cygnet Fire Department and firefighter Andy Socie, claiming that Socie damaged a Caterpillar excavator he used without authorization to help fight the fire.

An Ohio appellate court upheld a September 2011 judgment issued by Wood County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas dismissing Bates’ claims.....

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