A federal jury has found the insurer is not liable for the $6 million claim, due to the owner’s participation in the arson. (pictured: an AFD firefighter hauls hoses at the scene of the 2009 fire, photos by Bill Rhodes)
From the Asheville Citizen-Times, by Clarke Morrison
A federal jury ruled that the former owner of the Richmond Hill Inn participated in the intentional burning of the historic structure nearly four years ago.
The judgment in a lawsuit means the ownership group, The Hammocks LLC, won’t be able to collect on a $6 million insurance policy taken out on the property overlooking the French Broad River.
U.S. District Court Judge Martin Reidinger also ruled this month the company must pay the legal bills incurred by Harleysville Mutual Insurance Co. in fighting the suit.
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AFD Ladder 1 puts water on the fire
The structure’s 3rd floor roof giving way