Families of construction workers killed in Charlotte fire file lawsuits against companies involved in project

By Doug Coats
CBS 17
May 3, 2024
Category: Health & Safety
Region: United States, US East

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The families of the two men killed in the SouthPark fire last May filed a lawsuit against the development and construction companies involved in the project. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed Thursday. In it, the estates of construction workers Demonte Sherrill and Reuben Holmes claim “willful and wanton disregard and violations” of the laws and requirements regarding fire prevention and fire safety on construction sites. The May 18, 2023, five-alarm fire took place on Liberty Row Drive. …Developer Mill Creek is accused of understanding that building “podium-style apartments” using primarily wood construction over a concrete podium were vulnerable to fire during construction, yet still proceeded using that approach. …The developers also are accused of not establishing a warning system to alert workers of a fire or another emergency. …There were reportedly fire sprinklers installed at the site, but… the system was not operational at the time of the fire. 

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