The mother of one of the firefighters who died in the massive Sofa Super Store fire of 2007 in Charleston is now responding to e-mails released this week from a team of fire experts.
Earlier this week, reporter Glenn Smith of the Post and Courier published an article with segments of e-mails from a team of experts investigating the tragic Sofa Super Store fire. In the e-mails, the team, hired by the City of Charleston, voiced complaints and concerns about how the fire was handled and how “messed up” the leadership of the Charleston Fire Department was at the time.
The families of the “Fallen Nine” have since responded. Captain Luis Mulkey died in the blaze, and ever since, his mother, Ann, has been trying to change the fire department’s system.
We got it to SLED and we are gonna keep pushing. And, thank God this article came out. Thank God Glenn Smith did what he did. People tend to, after a tragedy like this, sweep it under the rug, and they keep saying “Why they keep bringing this up, this must be hard for ya’ll.” Well, it is hard for us, it’s hard for all of us and all the firemen, but we need it because we have to get accountability for this fire, and that’s what we are going to do.
On the other side–Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, who was also criticized in the e-mails, stood by his stance of calling the Charleston Fire Department “the best in the country.”