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A Baltimore landlord is being sued for negligence and wrongful death over a fire last year that killed a tenant and four of her grandchildren.

According to a news report, fire investigators concluded that the blaze was sparked by combustible materials stored too close to the furnace.  However, the victims’ attorneys denies that determination, and says that the fire was caused by the landlord’s negligence. Specifically, the victims say that the furnace was not maintained properly, and that the landlord had a duty to install smoke detectors.

The victims claim that the tenant had complained to the landlord that the furnace was not working correctly.  According to the report,  investigators noted that the property did not have smoke detectors.

The victims have requested $18 million dollars from the landlord, according to the report.

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