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. ( ) 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. 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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