Bava Kamma 62 - Fire Accidents (Torts)

If one sets fire to a large house, he pays for everything inside it. The house owner must take an oath about the value and be reasonably expected to have such items.

One is liable for direct or immediate damages, not indirect or delayed ones.

Suppose a camel laden with flax passed through the street, and its flax protruded into a shop and was ignited by the shopkeeper's lamp and set fire to a large tower; the owner of the camel is liable. If the shopkeeper puts his lamp outside, the shopkeeper is liable. Rabbi Yehuda says that the shopkeeper is not liable for a Hanukkah light.

Art: Arabs and Camels in a Courtyard by Marie Nivoulies

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