Cashman v. Van DykeAnnotate this Case
Sometime after he lit his pilot light, Darrick Van Dyke's home burned down from a propane explosion. The fire spread, destroying Marguerite Cashman's home next door. Cashman brought suit against Van Dyke, alleging negligence, strict liability, and res ipsa loquitur. The circuit court granted summary judgment for Van Dyke, ruling that Cashman failed to present any evidence that Van Dyke acted negligently, that lighting a pilot light was an abnormally dangerous activity, or that the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur applied. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court did not err in granting summary judgment to Van Dyke.