Suit filed against owner of Sands Dorsey
Published: Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
The owner of the Sands Dorsey building is being sued for damages by a neighboring property owner and business, according to documents filed in the 10th District Court. Robert Hengstenberg, owner of the Sands Dorsey building, is being sued by Donald C. Schutte and Ruth Nelson, both of Tucumcari, for damages caused by a fire on June 8 that spread from the Sands Dorsey to their property and business, according to court documents. The Sands Dorsey is a two-story building on the southwest corner of Second and Main streets. Schutte is the owner of the building and real estate that fronts on Main Street and is adjacent to the Sands Dorsey building. Nelson owns and operates a retail furniture business on the property known as Pajarito Interiors, according to court documents. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages from a judgment to be determined by the court, according to court documents. The suit states that Hengstenberg, "while attempting to make repairs to the roof of the building ... ignited a fire that caused substantial damage to his property and spread to adjacent property, including plaintiff's (Schutte's) property." The suit further states the fire caused by Hengstenberg spread to the Schutte's property, destroying the roof of the building and housing Pajarito Interiors. In addition to damage by the fire, there was water damage caused by the firefighters fighting the fire. The suit states that: the alleyway to the Schutte's property remains closed making it difficult to access and for deliveries, the Sands Dorsey is in a hazardous condition, creating a potential danger to passersby as well as adjacent buildings. The defendant Hengstenberg is being represented by attorney George Adelo of Santa Fe, who could not be reached for comment. The plaintiffs, Schutte and Nelson, are being represented by Nancy G. English of Border Law Office of Tucumcari, who declined to comment on the case. Schutte, an attorney, was sworn in as judge of the 10th District Court on Sept. 7.
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