Plaintiff was at a family picnic and was sitting several feet away from her sister when her sister was adding gel fuel to a fire pit light. Without any warning, a torch-like directional flame originated from the defendant’s fire pit and the gel fuel bottle. The ignited fuel exploded into a fireball spreading to the surrounding area and engulfing plaintiff in flames.
Plaintiff underwent multiple surgeries to treat third degree burns to her face and upper body and was in intensive care for months. Two men at the picnic suffered burns to their hands while trying to extinguish the flames.
Plaintiff alleges the fire pit contained no warnings or instructions. She asserts claims of negligence, negligent manufacturing, negligent failure to warn, strict liability in tort, emotional distress, and loss of consortium causes of action against the manufacturer, distributor and retailer. A number of experts specialize in product liability and explosives were sought to opine on the issue.