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Lawsuit seeks $10M in deadly fire

STAUNTON (AP) Augusta County’s sewer and water provider is being sued by the mother of a 12-year-old boy who died in the family home in September 2012.

The News Leader reports that the mother of Dustyn R. Fitzgerald says the agency left two fire hydrants inoperable, preventing firefighters from saving her son.

Tonya M. Gibson is seeking $10 million in her lawsuit against the August County Service Authority.

The authority is claiming sovereign immunity, which shields the state and its agencies against some legal claims.

Firefighters from Dooms and Waynesboro responded to the fire. It took about 10 minutes to get under control but roughly two hours to put out.

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