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Mother, daughter sue home owner over collapsed ceiling

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 29, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A mother and daughter are suing the owner of their house after a portion of the home's ceiling allegedly collapsed and caused injuries.


Mahogany Bolden, individually and as mother and natural guardian of her daughter London Bourda, filed the lawsuit Jan. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against owner Michael L. Burke.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 24, 2014, the plaintiffs were living at 10 Robin Hill Lane in Belleville, a structure they leased from the defendant, when a broken water pipe allegedly damaged the ceiling. The suit says Bolden notified Burke and the fire department, and the water was turned off in the house.

Later that day, the lawsuit says, a portion of the roof collapsed, injuring Bolden.  The lawsuit alleges negligence, saying the defendant failed to maintain and repair the premises, which resulted in injury.


The suit says Bolden was injured in her head, neck and shoulder, she incurred past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, damage to personal items, and increased rent and moving expenses.  The complaint alleges Bourda was traumatized, developed pneumonia and sustained injuries.

Bolden and Bourda seek $50,000, plus court costs and other relief the court deems appropriate. They are represented by attorney Michael L. McGlynn of McGlynn & McGlynn in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-33

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