Fri 22 Jun, 2007 04:59 pm
If a person's smoking (e.g., smoking in bed, leaving an untended cigarette) results in a fire, is the smoker civilly liable for the monetary damages of the fire to the owners of the burned property and to the Fire Department for cost to putting the fire out?
I don't know for sure, but that makes sense. It's the smoker's negligence that caused the damage. Why shouldn't they have to pay for the damages?
Aren't most fires the result of carelessness in some form or another if not arson?