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Westfield Insurance Co.

Bloomington, IL: (Aug-21-07) McLean County brought charges against Westfield Insurance Co. after an electrical explosion on June 15, 2003, caused an estimated $4 million in damage. The explosion occurred on a Sunday morning when the building was closed and no one was injured. Westfield and Hartford Insurance of Illinois, who insure the county, filed suit in 2004 against the power company, claiming AmerenIP failed to adequately inspect, maintain, and repair its equipment. The equipment was in the basement of the seven-story building.

In a settlement reached, Westfield Insurance Co. agreed to a $450,000 payout to resolve the issue unanimously. The county and its insurance company had disagreed over what expenses should be covered by the policy, taken out by the McLean County Public Building Commission. County Administrator John Zeunik said the settlement takes care of issues between the county and its insurance company, but a lawsuit against Illinois Power remains. The lawsuit with Illinois Power, filed in McLean County Circuit Court, is scheduled for trial in May 2008. [PANTAGRAPH: ELECTRICAL EXPLOSION]

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Published on Aug-23-07


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