A wrongful death suit has been filed on behalf of Suzanne Donovan and her six-year-old daughter who died in a September fire. It’s alleged that the landlords were negligent in failing to install working smoke detectors in the apartment the two shared. Suzanne Donovan and her daughter, Fina Impagliazzo, died Sept. 3 as a fire raged through the converted farmhouse as they slept. The farmhouse, which had been converted into five apartments, was completely destroyed by the fire.
The first suit, a wrongful death action, was filed in Worcester Superior Court for the death of the mother. A second suit was recently filed by Alex Impagliazzo, Fina’s father. It’s alleged in that suit that new evidence was discovered that indicated Ms. Donovan complained several times about the lack of working smoke detectors in the apartment she had been renting for only a few months before the fire.
The fire started at 10:30 p.m. on the date in question. Ms. Donovan and her daughter had gone to bed early because the child was starting school the next day. It’s alleged in the lawsuit that the two victims could have been alerted and would have escaped the blaze had working smoke detectors been installed in their apartment. It appears the previous residents had also complained of the lack of smoke detectors and other issues with the apartment that were never properly addressed by the landlord.
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