Port Arthur resident Frederick Goenne and his insurance company, Allstate, say the fire that claimed his home was started in a faulty dryer vent, which was built by A&W Aluminum, also known as Windell Broussard Homes.
Goenne and Allstate are suing A&W Aluminum for the price of his home, $275,000, plus his insurance deductible. He filed his lawsuit Sept. 24 in the Jefferson County District Court. According to the plaintiff’s original petition, a fire damaged Goenne’s residence, located at on Golfhill in Port Arthur. He claims the fire started at or in the dryer vent system that was designed and installed by A&W Aluminum. “Defendant owed a duty of reasonably prudent care with respect to the installation of the venting system for the clothes dryer,” the suit said. “Defendant breached this duty by failing to act as a reasonably prudent person would have under the same or similar circumstances.”