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Fiancé sues over death of former Sault woman

When a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly suffers a tragic death, it can be difficult to accept. In some circumstances, it may be tempting to try to find someone to blame for what happened and hold them accountable, though it may not always be possible. A man who lost his fiancé in central Ontario has chosen to sue those whom he believes are responsible for her wrongful death in an apartment fire.

The fire occurred on May 12, 2014, in an apartment in Hanmer, just north of Sudbury. The victim, a 33-year-old social worker, had arrived for an appointment with a resident in the two-storey building when the fire broke out. It had begun in a ground-floor apartment after either something went wrong with a refrigerator or oxygen tanks stored in the unit.

The woman entered the building twice, once to assist her client, and a second time to help others. Paramedics later found her unconscious, but managed to revive her. They transported her to a hospital; however, she succumbed to her injuries the next day.

Her fiancé has now launched a lawsuit against numerous parties alleged to be responsible for the tragedy including the owners of the building, the estate of the tenant of the apartment where the fire began, the fridge manufacturer, the parent company of the manufacturer and the Fire Services Division of the City of Greater Sudbury. The suit alleges multiple incidences of negligence and incompetence on the part of all of the defendants. He is seeking total damages of $1.25 million. All of the defendants in this case are denying responsibility.

Proving wrongful death can be a difficult process, no matter the facts of the case. To do so, it may be helpful to work with an experienced Ontario lawyer. Those who have lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence and are now suffering both financially and emotionally can rely on a knowledgeable lawyer for much-needed peace of mind and to fight for all compensation to which they are entitled.

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