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August 16, 2013

Insurance company in wildfire suit seeks funds

STILLWATER, Okla. — An insurance company in an ongoing class-action lawsuit is seeking reimbursement for funds given to three Glencoe families who lost their homes in a wildfire last August.

Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler ruled Thursday that the parties will submit an agreed order on the motion.

The American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company applied to intervene in the case in July.

The insurance company will add to the 85 plaintiffs alleging that Global Pipeline Construction L.L.C., IPS Engineering/EPC and IPS Engineering, L.L.C., are responsible for starting the Aug. 4 fire when workers were welding and grinding on a pipeline during a burn ban.

“Judge Kistler has set this matter for a Dec. 3, 2013, pretrial conference wherein he will assign a trial date. We are hoping for a trial in early 2014. Our clients have suffered devastating losses and are very anxious to see that justice is done,” Attorney Derek Ingle of Corley & Associates said in a statement Thursday.

The plaintiffs are seeking more than $75,000 in damages, plus court costs, prejudgment interest, post-judgment interest, attorney fees and further relief.

Homes, barns, outbuildings, timber, grassland, cattle and other property were damaged in the fire, according to the petition.

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