Wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection to Marshall Square fire

Wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection to Marshall Square fire

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in connection to the deadly fire at the Marshall Square Retirement Community.

91-year-old Dorothy Carpenter died in that fire in June of 2015. Her daughter, Barbara Ellington, has filed the lawsuit, seeking $15 million in damages.

The suit was filed in Columbia County on Thursday, June 16, 2016. It blames not just the Marshall Square Retirement Community, but also Columbia County, a county Fire Marshal and several members of Columbia County Fire Rescue Department.

This lawsuit alleges that firefighters did not follow the department's procedures for searching a building. It also claims a fire alarm was "repeatedly [silenced]" and Carpenter may not have heard the alarm at all.

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