Mother files suit against complex after fatal 2014 fire

Mother files suit against complex after fatal 2014 fire

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - A mother has filed a lawsuit against a Decatur apartment complex after a fire that claimed the lives of two of her children.

Tenetha Renee Crayton filed a lawsuit against West Ridge Apartments. Documents filed Friday accuse the complex of negligence.

The lawsuit was filed after Crayton lost two of her children in an apartment fire in March of 2014.

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The suit claims that the apartment complex used defective electrical devices, failed to repair the premises, and failed to inspect and/or repair the safety devices and electrical system at the apartment.

It also claims that the apartment complex failed to abide by the applicable International Fire Codes and the Decatur City Codes.

2-year-old Dexter Miland Jr. and 4-year-old Mar'Lena Miland were killed in the fire. Family and friends described them as "typical kids," always happy and full of energy.

"Had the electricals and smoke detectors been in a safe and working condition," the suit alleges, "Dexter and Mar'Lena would still be alive, and [the rest of the family] would not have suffered injuries or damages."

To view the lawsuit in a PDF file click here.

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