- Associated Press - Friday, September 29, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Three families who lost homes or property in a 2015 fire have filed counterclaims against the city of Casper that allege it is liable for the blaze.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/2yL8vWn ) that the allegations came after the city requested a judge rule on whether the city is liable for the fire.

The 2015 fire originated in a Casper landfill and burned nearly 16 square miles (41 square kilometers).

One counterclaim seeks $100,000 as compensation for damaged property. The second asks for $68,661 and the third asks for an unspecified amount.

A report by fire investigators has determined that the fire was accidental.

The city’s lawyer in the case, Jay Gilbertz, declined to comment on the counterclaims.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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