ST-ALBERT The St-Albert Cheese Co-op is set to file a $35 million lawsuit relating to the fire that demolished the factory and store two years ago. The co-op filed a notice of action against five companies, the Ottawa Sun reported.
The five defendants are:
Serge Quesnel, who designed and installed an electrical system more than 10 years ago, and worked at the co-op until he retired in 2011;
Sacour Electrical, which took over for Quesnel;
the Electrical Safety Authority, which inspected and approved all the electrical work;
Eaton Corporation, which built a main disconnect switch in the electrical room; and
Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, which may have certified the switch.
On Feb. 3, 2013, a fire ripped through the cheese factory, causing at least $25 million in damages. The factory officially re-opened this year and is looking to triple pre-fire production in the next few years.
The allegations have not been tested in court.