Settlement Reached in 2001 CHA Housing Fire

Family members of a woman killed with her 1-year-old son reached a settlement with one of the contractors for the Chicago Housing Authority. The deaths occurred during a fire that broke out at the Harold Ickes Homes on the South Side.The fire was caused by children playing with matches, however the deaths were a result of the contractors failure to install and maintain smoke detectors on the floor where the fire started.

During the discovery stage of the litigation, plaintiff's attorneys uncovered the fact that a CHA contractor actually falsified a report indicating that smoke detectors existed before the fire. The family settled for $5.75 million.

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