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Family Suing Augusta Service Authority after Son’s Death

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

A Dooms family says a fire hydrant that was turned off is to blame for the death of their 11-year-old son. Now, they are suing Augusta County Service Authority.

In December 2013, 11-year-old Dustyn Fitzgerald's mother filed suit in Augusta County Circuit Court. Tuesday, the family's lawyer was in court asking the county to turn over emails and documents that may help their case.

The fire broke out on Dooms Crossing Road near Waynesboro back on September 30, 2012. When crews arrived on scene, they tried to hook into a fire hydrant, only to find that it was turned off.

The family says the Augusta County Service Authority should have marked that hydrant off to let crews know it wasn't working and crews wasted time trying to get it up and running while the house burned.

As for the emails and documents being sought, the family wants to know whether the county service authority knew that hydrant was turned off before the fire.

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