The family of one of seven people killed in a fire in a Cicero home last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the landlord and manager of the building, both of whom have been accused of intentionally setting the blaze.
The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court Monday claims that the owner of the property in the 3000 block of South 48th Court in Cicero was responsible for the fire that killed Tierra Davidson, 19.
Seven people died in the fire that started in a small apartment packed with a dozen sleeping people in a building that was home to more than 20 people in three units. The deceased were trapped in an attic and the only escape route, down a rear staircase, was blocked, Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania said.
Landlord Lawrence Myers, 60, and manager Marion “Andre” Comier, 47, were each charged in the fire. Prosecutors claim Lawrence told Comier to set the fire to collect on a $250,000 insurance policy. Myers and Comier are currently being held without bond at the Cook County Jail.
The suit claims Myers and Comier failed to maintain the property, allowed multiple fire hazards to exist and didn’t maintain the exits. It also claims they should have known the property was overcrowded.
Glenda Davidson is seeking more than $100,000 from each Myers and Comier, plus the cost of the suit.