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‘Public Duty’ Doctrine Does Not Cover Firefighters (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court says the “public duty” doctrine does not extend to firefighters, to immunize them from a gross negligence lawsuit filed by the sons of a woman who died in a fire after calling firefighters to tell them she was in the third-floor bathroom of her burning townhouse. The public duty doctrine provides that ...