The family of a 6-year-old boy who sustained severe burns to his arm and chest after falling into a rundown fire pit at Huntington City Beach is asking the city for $500,000.
Seth Richardson fell backward into the fire pit, which still had smoldering fire within, about 6 p.m. April 17 while flying a kite at the beach, said attorney Rob Gibson, who is representing Seth and his father, Jason Richardson.
The family is holding the city responsible for Seth's injuries in a claim filed Aug. 10. Gibson said the city failed to properly maintain and monitor the fire pit.
"I think the pits need to be properly maintained. They need to be cleaned out, and the pits need to be replaced," Gibson said.
At least two similar accidents took place in the city and led to lawsuits, Gibson said. However, both occurred at Huntington State Beach, which is outside of city jurisdiction.