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WAHOO – A recent judgement in favor of Employers Mutual Casualty Company has left two Wahoo men responsible for about $3 million, in a case connected to the 2016 Wahoo State Bank fire.

District Court Judge Christina Marroquin ruled last month on the insurance company’s motion for summary judgement. Mark Lackey and Don Arney Jr. were ordered to be “jointly and severely responsible, in the amount of $2,928,652.85, plus interest and court costs.”

According to District Court documents, Employers Mutual Casualty (EMC) filed its complaint of negligence in August. The filing came after EMC made payment to Wahoo State Bank for significant damages caused by a Nov. 18, 2016 fire in downtown Wahoo.

In EMC’s complaint, it was stated that Lackey and Arney were hired by Wahoo State Bank to install exterior holiday lights.

The complaint further stated that the men worked during nighttime hours, then left the roof of the building when it started to rain. The plaintiff alleged the men discussed turning off a dual fixture halogen work lamp, but did not do so.

The cause of the fire the following morning was determined to be the heat produced from the halogen lamp igniting the rubber roof membrane and wood roof sheeting.

EMC asked the court for the defendants to compensate the cost of damages due to the fire, which is so awarded.

During a Dec. 17 hearing in district court, neither Lackey or Arney appeared.

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