Town, SFD sued over fatal June fire

By Lindsay Carey
Staff Writer
The family of a teen who died in fire at Summer Brook Apartments in June has filed a lawsuit against the town and the Southington Fire Department for negligence.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Kristen Milano, 19, refers to the performance of the Southington Fire Department as a failure. The suit said that the Southington Fire Department “failed to perform their duties as reasonable firefighters would.”
Milano died of smoke inhalation in the apartment fire on June 22.
According to the claim, the reason for her death is because the firefighters “failed to locate the plaintiff.” Milano was reportedly sleeping in a bedroom.
The claim, filed by Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C. says that “negligence was a direct and proximate cause of the death of the plaintiff.”
However, Town Manager Garry Brumback seemed to disagree with the claim that firefighters were negligent in their pursuit of the fire.
“We’re very comfortable that the actions of the police and fire department were appropriate,” said Brumback.
Milano’s death was ruled a homicide by the state Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.
Southington teen Eric Morelli was arrested for the crime. Morelli was charged with first degree manslaughter and three counts of reckless endangerment.
Southington Town Attorney Mark Sciota said he could not comment on the case. Marisa Bellair, the prosecuting lawyer, did not return messages left for comment.
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