The defendant operated a lawful dry cleaning business employing a very inflamable liquid (varnolene) as a cleaning agent. Through no negligence on the part of the defendant, a considerable amount of varnolene escaped into the drain and found its way to a creek which ran behind the defendant's premises. Here the varnolene was ignited by sparks from a back-firing gasoline engine operated on adjacent property by a third party. The fire spread downstream and damaged a building belonging to the plaintiff. Held, the plaintiff was not entitled to recover. Kaufman v. Boston Dye House, (Mass. 1932) 182 N. E. 297.

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