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Family files claim after boy falls in fire pit

August 24, 2011 |  9:22 am

The family of a 6-year-old boy who suffered severe burns to his arm and chest after falling into a Huntington Beach fire pit is asking the city for $500,000.

Seth Richardson fell backward into the smoldering fire pit April 17 while flying a kite at the beach, attorney Rob Gibson told the Huntington Beach Independent. Gibson is representing Seth and his father, Jason Richardson.

The family filed a claim Aug. 10, holding the city responsible for Seth's injuries. Gibson said the city failed to properly maintain and monitor the fire pit.

"I think the pits need to be properly maintained, they need to be cleaned out, and the pits need to be replaced," Gibson said.

At least two similar accidents have taken place and led to lawsuits, Gibson said. But both occurred at Huntington State Beach, outside city jurisdiction.

Seth was taken to UC Irvine Regional Burn Center, where he underwent treatment for several days.

If the city denies the claim, a lawsuit will be filed, Gibson said.

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