Golf course employee blames ice delivery business for truck fire, injuries

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 4, 2017

ORLANDO — A groundskeeper employee is suing an ice distributor, alleging failure to maintain a refrigerated truck that led to a fire.

Kelly Hill filed a complaint Nov. 6 in Orange County Circuit Court against Kirk's Ice Services Inc., alleging the defendant poorly maintained a refrigeration unit that caught on fire, resulting in severe burns and orthopedic injuries.

According to the complaint, on March 14, 2015, Hill was working as a groundskeeper for Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge. The suit says Hill suffered severed burns and orthopedic injuries due to a fire that emanated from a poorly maintained refrigeration unit on top of a cab of a Kirk truck. The suit says Hill fell from the cab as he was in the process of using the fire extinguisher to stop the fire and the unit exploded. 

The plaintiff alleges Kirk's Ice Services failed to maintain or adequately maintain its truck by allowing the dangerous condition, a poorly maintained refrigeration unit, to exist at a public place.

Hill seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, plus interest and court costs. He is represented by attorney Michael A. Mandeville of Law Offices of Michael V. Barszcz in Winter Park.

Orange County Circuit Case number 17CA009804

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