Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The children of one of two Chicago firefighters killed last December when the roof of an abandoned South Shore laundromat collapsed during a fire are suing its owners for negligence and wrongful death.
Jennifer Stringer and Edward Stringer, Jr. on Wednesday filed a civil suit alleging failure of the owners — Chuck M. Dai and Richard Dai — to properly maintain the building directly resulted in the death of their father, Edward Stringer, 47, of Beverly, three days before Christmas.
Also killed in the blaze at Sing Way Cleaners, 1744 E. 75th St., was firefighter Corey Ankum, 34, of Chatham. No legal action has yet been filed by Ankum’s family.
“Neither my father nor his comrade would have died that day if this building had been properly secured, or better yet, torn down,” 23-year-old Jennifer Stringer, administrator of her father’s estate, said, reading from a statement at a news conference at her lawyer’s Loop office.
“The owner’s negligence and his ignoring of citations created the tragedy, and I am here today to put the spotlight on him, and hold him accountable.”
Seeking unspecified damages of over $100,000 plus attorney’s fees, the Stringer children also announced they are seeking tougher enforcement and penalties against owners of dangerous buildings, from Chicago’s City Council and the State Legislature.