Suit alleges Ohio landlord is liable for 4 deaths after fire


AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A new lawsuit over an Ohio fire that killed two girls and their parents alleges their landlord failed to install smoke detectors in their house and is liable for their deaths.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2i7honQ ) reports the lawsuit was brought in federal court on behalf of the estates of 37-year-old Omar Riley, 9-year-old Shanice Riley and 8-year-old Aniyla Riley.

The girls’ mother, Shirley Wallis, also was killed in the Dec. 3 fire at their Akron home. She isn’t mentioned in the lawsuit, which alleges negligence and seeks over $25 million in damages.

Cleveland.com says the landlord couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Investigators found no smoke detectors in the home after the fire.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com