Burien Fire Apartment Victims Suing Landlord

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According to the Seattle P-I, members of a family that lived at the arson-burned Tara Apartments in Burien are suing their landlord, claiming they did little to prevent the fire that destroyed the building and killed their 8-year old child and two other people.

Former residents Jamie Cisneros and Martha Velazquez lost their 8-year-old son, Edgar Omar Cisneros Velazquez, in the June 29 arson, which also killed Cisneros’s father, Ramon Cisneros Sanchez. Resident Lindy Kunimoto, 49, was also killed.

Now the couple has sued building owners Eric and Ruth Johnson. contending that they failed to maintain required safety equipment or provide residents with adequate escape routes in case of fire. The Johnsons have yet to file a response in King County Superior Court, where the suit was filed July 8.

No specific allegations of wrongdoing were made in court filings.

Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by arson, and put out a $10,000 reward for the arsonist.

However, no arrests have yet been made.


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