Chicago families sue landlord, alleging negligence in relatives' deaths in apartment fire

By Robert Hadley | Oct 8, 2015

Chicago families are suing a landlord, alleging wrongful deaths on behalf of deceased relatives who died in an apartment fire. 

Michelle Redmon, special administrator of the estate of Mi’Leyah Johnson, and Jack White, special administrator of the estate of Geneva White, filed complaints Oct. 6 in Cook County Circuit Court against Owen Pittman, owner of an apartment building on 6730 S. Emerald St., Chicago.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 15, 2013, during a fire at the building there were either no smoke detectors in the building or they were not working. The suit says Pittman was negligent in failing to inspect and maintain the building’s wiring. Johnson and Geneva White died in the fire.

Redmon and White each seek more than $50,000 in damages, plus court costs. They are both represented by attorney Thomas J. Fedick of Harman & Fedick in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015-L-010161.

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