Family of fire victim sues nursing home's management company
The family of a victim in a deadly nursing home fire has filed suit, alleging the facility was understaffed and neglected to train its workers for emergencies, according to the Associated Press. The February 2003 fire at the Greenwood Health Center, in Hartford, CT, killed 16 people.
The family of 64-year-old Sofiya Rudister seeks damages for pain and suffering from the facility's management company, Lexington Highgreen Holding. Lexington has since declared bankruptcy.
Authorities determined the fire was arson by a mentally disturbed resident who used a cigarette lighter to ignite her bedding. The resident faces 16 charges of arson murder and is being evaluated as to whether she's competent enough to stand trial.