Tempe taxpayers may pay for homeless camp fire that damaged museum; Adam Martinez, chairman of Rose Law Group Real Estate Litigation Department, provides insight

Adam Martinez, chairman of real estate litigation for the Rose Law Group, comments

By Ryan Randazzo and Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | The Republic

Tempe taxpayers may have to pay $356,000 for damage to the Historical Society Museum caused by a homeless campfire that ignited in Papago Park last year.

The state, which owns the museum, filed a claim against the city in Superior Court on Wednesday, claiming the city breached its contract to maintain the Green Line riparian area west of the museum that burned.

The city knew of the threat posed by homeless camps in the area but did not clean them up as requested by museum officials, said the claim from the office of Attorney General Mark Brnovich.