Firefighter’s Daughter To Sue Owners Of Building Where He Died

CHICAGO (CBS) — The daughter of a fallen Chicago firefighter plans to announce on Wednesday that she’s suing the owners of the abandoned building where her father and another firefighter were killed last year.

WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports that Edward Stringer’s daughter, Jennifer, is calling for an aggressive move to hold the owners of abandoned properties accountable if something bad happens at their buildings.

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Last December, Edward Stringer and fellow firefighter Corey Ankum were killed when a dilapidated roof collapsed on them while battling a fire at a long-abandoned laundry building. Nineteen other firefighters were injured in the collapse.

The city had cited the owners 14 times for building code violations and ordered them to either repair or demolish the structure. A federal investigation concluded that the building should have been identified and marked in some way as a potential public danger.

It had become a haunt for squatters who might have also set the fire.

Stringer also plans to announce a negligence lawsuit against the owners of the building.

  • Jack

    This is just ridiculous. I thought it was homeless people who had built a campfire that started the building on fire. NO building can be secured good enough to keep everyone out. The building owner shouldn’t have to pay a dime. Firemen know what they are getting into whe they choose to be firemen.

  • Tammy

    I agree, Jack. People think just because someone owns a building, they have money falling out of their ass. It just isn’t the case, especially for a building that is not generating ANY revenue.

  • Tony

    Boy it is never enough is it? How much does she expect to get from her father’s death?

  • Jim

    Did you people actually read the article? It said that, “The city had cited the owners 14 times for building code violations and ordered them to either repair or demolish the structure.” The owner was irresponsible and needlessly put the firefighters in danger. The daughter might be suing to make a point: people are accountable for their property. She might also want to protect other firefighters from similarly dangerous situations.

    • Tammy

      Exactly my point, Jim. The city just assumed the building owner has tens of thousands of dollars lying around doing nothing. Maybe making repairs on a worthless building was not possible.

  • Centurion

    She should also file suit against the city for allowing her father to work such a dangerous job. She should also file suit against the makers of the roofing material citing its inability to last 5 or 6 hundred years.

    • Tom

      Homeless people started the fire. Maybe she can track them down and sue them.

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