Survivors of Bronx apartment fire file $1B lawsuit against owners, NYC

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: Firefighters leave after putting out a major house fire on Prospect avenue on December 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Over 170 firefighters respond to the evening fire in which at least 12 persons were killed with others injured. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 28: Firefighters leave after putting out a major house fire on Prospect avenue on December 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Over 170 firefighters respond to the evening fire in which at least 12 persons were killed with others injured. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

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Survivors of a deadly Bronx fire filed a $1 billion lawsuit. On Tuesday, a couple sued both the city of New York and the building’s owners for damages after their high-rise apartment complex went up into flames.

The plaintiffs have accused the landlord and management of being aware of defective conditions while failing to properly maintain the building. the lawsuit alleges the building did not have functioning smoke detectors, a sprinkler system yet management ensured electric lines were in good condition.

New York Attorney General Letitia James vowed to investigate at the vigil held Tuesday night for the victims and their families.

“There will be conversations with respect to investigations at a later point,” she stated. “But tonight is the night that we heal, we heal the broken hearted. Those whose spirits have been crushed as a result of this fire, this horrific fire.”

Nearly 30 people remain hospitalized for their injuries and officials are continuing to work to identify those lost in the blaze.

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