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Aroma De France was engaged in the business of perfumes and related products. The firm had taken a godown on rent at Dabhasa Village where packaging materials and bottles were stored. These were insured for Rs 1.5 crore under a Standard Fire and Special Perils Policy issued by United India Insurance.
On February 2, 2014, the landlord of the godown arranged a reception for his son’s marriage on an adjacent vacant plot. He took the electric connection for lighting from an adjoining factory. After the party got over around 4 a.m., the workers noticed a fire emanating from the godown rented to Aroma De France. The landlord, the fire brigade and the police were immediately informed.
Aroma De France lodged a claim with the insurer for the packaging material gutted in the fire. The insurer appointed a surveyor who promptly inspected the site. He also examined all the relevant records. On February 15, 2014, he submitted an “Im
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