Wrongful death lawsuits filed on behalf of fire victims in Charleston, WV
The 2012 fire killed nine people, including seven children.
CHARLESTON, WV -
Monday marks the two year anniversary of the deadliest fire in Charleston's history.
Now, several lawsuits have been filed by family members on behalf of three of the victims.
On March 21, Gwendolyn LeVert filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her son, Alexander Lee Seals, 27. Sharday McGee filed two lawsuits on behalf of McKenzie Seals and Gabrielle Seals, Alexander's daughters. McGee is the mother of the two girls.
A total of nine people died in the house fire on Arlington Avenue two years ago.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs said the landlord, Delores Shamblen, failed to fix repeated electrical problems in the home. They also said Shamblen failed to properly install, inspect, and maintain smoke alarms in the house.
Captain Ken Tyree was the lead investigator on the case. He said they believe the fire started in the front of the home. However, they were unable to determine what exactly caused it.
He said the house didn't have enough working smoke detectors for it's size.
Since the blaze, the Charleston Fire Department has passed out thousands of free smoke detectors its 'Never Again' smoke detector initiative.
Captain Tyree said firefighters will continue to use this tragedy as a teaching tool to prevent other fatal fires from happening in the future.
"They're fathers. They're uncles. Some of them are grandparents. It's all one of those things that you serve people like you serve your family," he said.
The plaintiffs are suing for monetary compensation, funeral expenses, and punitive damages on behalf of the three victims listed in the lawsuits.
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