Three years after a fire destroyed much of the Hitching Post Inn in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the company that owns the historic lodge has asked to dismiss the fire insurance claims it filed with its insurance company. This move comes after the discovery that the property owners were involved in setting the fire that damaged the buildings.
According to the Casper Star-Tribune, a fire destroyed much of the lodge area of the hotel on September 15, 2010, causing approximately $14 million in damage. The owners of the hotel, CJM Hospitality, then filed a fire damage insurance claim with the hotel’s insurance company, National Surety Corporation.
However, during the investigation into the fire, authorities charged one of the hotel owners, Ajay Jariwala, of hiring Robert Rodriguez to start the fire so that he could collect the insurance money. Rodriguez had initially been hired by Jariwala to renovate the hotel. Jariwala was found guilty of arson and sentenced to six years in prison.
In January 2012, the insurance company filed a lawsuit against CJM Hospitality stating that the fire was deliberately set and that the insurance claim was denied due to arson. In July, CJM Hospitality filed an insurance claim lawsuit that stated that National Surety Corporation was wrongfully denying their claim. Now, in the wake of the criminal trial, the hotel company is dismissing its fire damage insurance claim.
Unfortunately, some property owners may deliberately set fires in order to collect insurance claim money. Not only is arson illegal, it is absolutely not covered by insurance policies. To learn more about the validity of your fire damage insurance claim, you may wish to speak with an experienced commercial claim attorney. Call the Voss Law Firm today: 888-614-7730.