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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Placer County: Roseville Galleria Fire Update

 Employee Who Shut Off Mall Sprinklers Identified - Claims Filed By Insurance Company Names Galleria Employee.
KCRA 3 Sacramento has confirmed the identity of the Roseville Galleria mall employee who shut off the fire-protection sprinklers during last year's fire.

KCRA 3 has obtained insurance claims filed against Placer County that identify the employee as a maintenance worker named John McCormick.
Placer County's Risk Management Deputy CEO Maryellen Peters said the McCormick was named in the city's After Action Report released about six months ago. However, his identity was not made public. 
The claims state that damages to the businesses inside the Galleria were made worse by the sprinkler shut down.
Peters said her department has advised the Placer County Board of Supervisors to reject all of the claims filed by insurance companies, totally about $23 million.
Peters said the county is not responsible for the fire or its persistence.
Source: http://www.kcra.com article Link

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