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The mother of a 32-year-old woman killed in a Chicago high-rise apartment blaze earlier this month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The suit alleges building management’s lack of a sprinkler system is directly to blame for her daughter’s death.

JoAnn McCoy, whose daughter Shantel perished in the January 8th fire, also claims building management “failed … to warn [the victim] of a fire” and “allowed [the victim] to use the elevators when [building management] knew or should have known it was not safe to do so.”

The fire injured nine others, including two firefighters.

Trena Wells, an Illinois woman, went on a weekend trip to visit family, but ended up in the hospital with a permanent injury.

During the visit, her brother’s dog escaped from the house and was hit by a car. The dog, confused and in a rage, returned to the home and attacked Trena. Trena suffered puncture wounds, multiple fractures, and underwent several surgeries on her thumb’s nail bed.

She filed a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owner and has been awarded $140,000 by a jury. The Illinois Appeals Court later upheld the conviction stating that the owners lack of proper attention led to the dog’s original escape from the house.

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