Cahokia property owner sued over fatal fire

Kelly Holleran Jul. 19, 2012, 4:22am


The daughter of a recently deceased man has filed suit against the owner of a Cahokia property where she claims her father was resting when a fire broke out, killing him.

Carol A. Zaricor, who is Autumn K. Daniels's guardian, claims Autumn Daniels's father, Walter C. Daniels, was resting in a room in a home at 1401 Upper Cahokia Road when a fire erupted on Nov. 30. The fire killed Walter Daniels, according to the complaint filed July 3 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of the fire, Walter Daniels suffered injuries that ultimately led to his death and his daughter lost her father's companionship and society, the suit states. Autumn Daniels also incurred medical, funeral and burial costs, the complaint says.

Hail, who owned the home where the fire occurred, negligently failed to exercise due care to avoid a fire, failed to avoid danger to other people and improperly maintained her home, allowing a fire to engulf it, the complaint says.

In her three-count complaint, Zaricor is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

She will be represented by Edward J. Blake Jr. of Blake Law Group in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-346.

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