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Restaurant files lawsuit against banana company because truck caused their business to burn to the ground

By Mason White 3:45 AM February 25, 2016
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By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) The owner of a restaurant that burned down to the ground filed a lawsuit against a banana company, saying that their delivery truck caused the blaze, according to court documents in Massachusetts.

According to the lawsuit filed in the Bristol Superior Court, the Old Grist Mill Tavern in Seekonk, burned to the ground after the Chiquita truck rolled over near the restaurant.

The owner is seeking an unspecified amount for damages caused to the restaurant. The truck carrying bananas rolled over, causing a natural gas pipeline to explode and the restaurant to catch on fire.

The lawsuit names Chiquita Fresh North America of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, as well as the driver of the truck.

The lawsuit alleges that the driver and the gas company are guilty of negligence. Chiquita denied the allegations, but Columbia Gas refused to comment.