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Can't collect from parish over hurricane fire

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A judge says Jefferson Parish cannot be made to pay for belongings lost in a rented house that burned down at the height of Hurricane Gustav while the sheriff tried to put out the fire with a garden hose.

Attorney John Venezia says Garrett and Monica Haab will appeal the recent ruling by Judge Henry Sullivan. Damages were estimated at $400,000.

The Haabs and their three children evacuated to Mississippi for the storm. Neighbors -- including Sheriff Newell Normand, then-U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and Constable Dan Civello -- called the fire department and tried to put out the fire.

In a recorded 911 call, Normand tried to get fire trucks to the block. But parish policy had suspended all services until the storm had passed.

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