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Landlord Sued Over Failure to Rectify Rental Property Electrical Issues

On March 24, 2012, nine people, including seven children, died in a horrible house fire in Charleston. Three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed since.

The three lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Alexander Seals and his two young children, all of whom were killed in the blaze. The complaints allege that their landlord, Delores Shamblen, neglected to fix persistent electrical issues in the home. According to the suits, she did not properly install, maintain or inspect any smoke alarms in the residence, despite being told about the problems.

Fire investigators were unable to pinpoint the cause of the inferno, but they did state that the house did not have enough operational smoke detectors for its size. They also traced the origin of the fire to a home entertainment center and discovered, thanks to a tracking dog trained to detect ignition sources, the remains of a candle-holder.

The plaintiffs are suing for punitive damages and compensation for all injuries, as well as for funeral and burial expenses.

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