Wrongful Death Lawsuits from B&B Fire Now Settled
The wrongful death lawsuits resulting from a fire at the Bohemian Bed and Breakfast that killed six people in July 2011 have now been settled.
The lawsuits, settled in Brown County District Court on December 3rd, bring an end to a tragedy that took lives and injured other patrons. Those that were lost include the owner, Bobbi McCrea, McCrea’s 15-year-old daughter Abby, Three-year-old daughter Savannah, a Nebraska man, and a Wisconsin couple.
The couple from Wisconsin was Joseph and Dian Bergman and the Nebraska man was Andy Uhing. Uhing was visiting the bed and breakfast with his wife, Sandy, who escaped the fire when she jumped from the building.
Injured in the fire were Plymouth residents, Charles and Diane Frye, who were able to escape the fire, which is how they sustained their injuries.
In total, one injury claim and four wrongful death claims were filed against Bobbi McCrea’s estate. As for the amount of the settlements, the allocations and amounts are to remain confidential. The settlement was made primarily by conference call with one Mankato attorney appearing.
The initial claims that were filed against the McCrea estate were denied in District Court. The claim included one for over $1 million on behalf of the Bergmans. This resulted in the claims being handled privately, but all of the involved parties agreed to appoint a mediator to lead the process, which ultimately led to the private settlement.
It was determined that the accident was caused by unattended burning candles, resulting in the fire being ruled as accidental.