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Surocco v. Geary
Citation:3 Cal. 69, 58 Am.Dec. 385
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In 1849, a large fire engulfed much of San Francisco. Geary was the alcalde, or mayor, of San Francisco at the time. Seeing at his responsibility to stop the fire, Geary blew up Surocco’s home to create a break in the path of the fire. Surocco was in the process of removing his personal property from his home when it was destroyed. Surocco alleged that if his home had not been blown up, then he could have succeeded in removing more, if not all of his belongings. Surocco sued to recover damages for the destroyed property.
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