Ben and his family brought a negligence suit against the city of Dover to recover damages for his injuries. Could the city be held responsible for injuries caused by property owned by someone else? Why or why not?

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Norm Needless abandoned his van in an alley in Dover. In spite of repeated complaints to the police, the van was allowed to remain in the alley. After several months, it was stripped of most of the parts that could be removed. Ben Allen, age 10, was walking down the alley when the van’s gas tank exploded. The flames from the explosion set fire to Ben’s clothing, and he was severely burned. Ben and his family brought a negligence suit against the city of Dover to recover damages for his injuries. Could the city be held responsible for injuries caused by property owned by someone else? Why or why not?