Alorton apartment owner sued by resident injured during fire

Kelly Holleran Aug. 23, 2012, 4:57am

A woman has filed suit against the owners of her apartment building, claiming they failed to provide adequate smoke detectors and exits which caused her to sustain injuries during a fire.

Jenniece Horton claims she was living in apartment 201C in Greystone Apartments in Alorton, which were owned by defendant Ross Financial Services Company, when a fire erupted on Oct. 7.

Because of the fire, Horton sustained injuries, experienced physical pain and suffering, incurred property damages and suffered mental anguish, according to the complaint filed Aug. 7 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Ross Financial Services Company negligently failed to install, maintain and inspect its fire detectors, failed to provide adequate means of egress, replaced Horton's unit's back doors with windows, failed to maintain the required fire-resistant rating of the fire-resistance rated walls and failed to provide occupants with a safe apartment in compliance with local codes, the suit states.

In her complaint, Horton is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus other relief the court deems just.

Alvin C. Paulson of Becker, Paulson, Hoerner and Thompson in Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-406.

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