Associated Press - December 30, 2009 10:04 AM ET
PONTOON BEACH, Ill. (AP) - An insurance company is fighting a claim on a Madison County house that exploded last year, blaming a female occupant for the blast.
Madison Mutual Insurance Co.'s lawsuit in Edwardsville asks a judge to not require it to pay Laura Williams' $509,000 claim over the February 2009 explosion that leveled her Pontoon Beach home.
The insurance company's lawsuit alleges that Williams purposely disconnected a natural gas line to a water heater or plotted to have it done, then left the house before the explosion. The property was at the center of a complicated series of disputes in the Madison County courts.
The FBI is investigating.
Williams hasn't been charged, and she didn't return a message left at her O'Fallon home Wednesday.
Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com