A lawsuit was filed last month by a family in Denver, alleging the wrongful death of two young children and their parents from carbon-monoxide poisoning in a rented Aspen luxury home. The suit, filed in a Colorado state court, alleges that contractors, manufacturers and inspectors for Pitkin County failed to do their jobs properly, leading to the 2008 deaths of the four family members.
The parents bid on a Thanksgiving holiday weekend rental of the three-year-old house, located four miles southeast of Aspen, during an auction benefitting the children’s school. The Aspen Times reported that the house sold for $8 million last year. While it was an expensive home, it had problems that resulted in a tragic event.
Carbon-monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas, flowed into the bedrooms where the family slept from a gas-fired boiler used to melt snow off the patio and walkways. The factors that led to the gas emissions were violations of Pitkin County code: a disconnected exhaust vent and intake vent to the defective boiler, an improperly and shoddily installed HVAC system, and the absence of a carbon-monoxide detector.
There are 13 Defendants in the lawsuit, including Pitkin County, a building inspector for the city of Aspen, the Roaring Fork Plumbing and Heating Co. of Glenwood Springs, and the boiler’s manufacturer. The filing came less than a month after a Pitkin County grand jury indicted two building inspectors and a contractor in the case. Charges included reckless endangerment and criminally negligent homicide.
Since the family’s deaths, relatives of the four family members who died have pushed for laws requiring carbon-monoxide detectors in Colorado, Oregon, Maine and Washington. They have started a pilot program in Weston, Connecticut, to install carbon-monoxide detectors in every home. William Hansen, who is with the Denver law firm of McDermott, Hansen & McLaughlin, is representing the Plaintiff in this case.
Source: Denver Post
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