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Torts Keyed to Duncan
Surocco v. Geary
Citation:3 Cal. 69 (1853)
In the midst of a raging fire in San Francisco in 1849, a town official made the decision to blow up a house that was not on fire in order to keep the flames from spreading. The evidence at trial showed that the fire had already burned beyond the house in question, and that plaintiff’s were in the process of removing their belongings from the house and were impeded from doing so by the destruction of it.
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