Attorneys in South Carolina have asked the City of Charleston to be a defendant in a furniture store blaze lawsuit.
Two years have passed since the Sofa Super Store fire in Charleston that killed nine firefighters. After eight of the nine families of the fallen have filed numerous lawsuits, several South Carolina attorneys are asking that the City of Charleston be made a defendant.
The Associated Press reports that Monday’s hearings come after these attorneys asked the city to be defendant in a lawsuit, but the city declined because it said claims from the firefighters’ families have already been settled through workers’ compensation.
Last year, eight families sued various furniture store companies, the Sofa Super Store, and different contractors. As a result, the families, 12 defendants, each received a share of $5.6 million. Also, each of the nine families were given $450,000 from workers’ compensation and from a public fund.