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Tenant of Pittsburgh apartment files lawsuit over four-alarm fire, says there were no fire alarms


By Carrie Bradon | May 30, 2019

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh man is seeking damages from the owner of an apartment building after he was injured during a four-alarm fire in 2017.

Alan Polk filed a complaint in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against A&M Real Estate of Pittsburgh LLC, Major Rainey and Adrienne Murray alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on June 4, 2017, the plaintiff was sleeping in his residence at defendant A&M's building in Pittsburgh when a four-alarm fire started.

The plaintiff alleges when he woke up, the building was consumed by fire and he could not escape on his home. The suit states a Pittsburgh firefighter attempted to evacuate him and both of them fell through the damaged floor.

The plaintiff alleges he sustained injuries from fire and smoke inhalation and was placed in a medically induced coma. He alleges he now suffers from a number of injuries, including brain damage and psychological trauma.

The plaintiff alleges there were no operational fire alarms or smoke detectors in the building at the time of the fire and at the time of the fire, it did not have a valid certificate of occupancy.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by A. Michael Gianantonio of Robert Peirce & Associates P.C.

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