Parents of woman who died after East Nashville house fire sue landlords, tenants

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:39pm

The parents of a woman who died after suffering burns in an East Nashville home fire have sued the landlords and inhabitants of the house.

Kristen Richardson, 22, was severely burned when a fire consumed the area where she was sleeping in a home on Skyview Drive in East Nashville. She died from her injuries roughly a month later.

The lawsuit, filed by Richardson’s parents John Richardson and Lisa Earles, claims that the “owner-manager” of the home, Home Advantage Properties, should have identified conditions that led to the fire such as non-authorized people living in the home and Metro Codes violations.

HAP had allegedly received notice of those violations in February 2012. Those alleged codes violations, however, don’t show up in online records of Metro Codes violations at the home.

Richardson was attending a party at the home on March 25-26, 2012. One of the people living at the home slept in an unfinished “nook,” according to the lawsuit. The suit claims that the person fell asleep surrounded by candles that were lit in order to read at night.

The candles caused sheets to catch on fire and eventually consumed large portions of the house, including where Richardson was sleeping, according to the suit.

The suit accuses 11 defendants, including the property manager and inhabitants of the home, of negligence.

“Each of the defendant tenants had a duty to eliminate known and foreseeable dangers from the property,” states the suit, filed by attorney R. Eddie Davidson.

Richardson and Earles are requesting medical and funeral expenses, as well as compensatory damages for their daughter’s death.

6 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 1/11/13 at 7:58

Why aren't the book publisher and candle manufacturer not names as co-defendants?

By: PKVol on 1/11/13 at 9:25

Probably because the book publisher and candle manuracturer couldn't be identified.

Who goes to a party and then ends up sleeping there? Was this a slumber party?

If '“Each of the defendant tenants had a duty to eliminate known and foreseeable dangers from the property,” states the suit, filed by attorney R. Eddie Davidson.', then does not the attendees at the party have a duty to recognize dangers and decide to not sleep where there were so many dangers?

By: budlight on 1/11/13 at 10:13

Again, we see lack of personal responsibility coupled with anger and grief. Nashville has a lot of "homes" where multiple families live and I bet some of them have more than 11 people sleeping there at night. Of course, when you speak to someone in the gov-ment about it, they say there is nothing they can do. Further evidence would be 8 cars on the lawn!

By: girliegirl on 1/11/13 at 10:15

I thought everyone was using those fake or LED candles these days.

By: 742180 on 1/11/13 at 10:28

There is NO incentive to accept responsibility for our actions because the increasing number of Bart Durhams of the world will accept ANY suit. Their goal is simple, get the case in the media, and force an insurance company to cut a 'settlement'.

This lack of any notion that we should accept responsibility is SO pervasive in our lives that it has become an industry/job of its own. Looking for the big lawsuit in the sky!!!

In a persons life time they will come to loose all respect (despise) Lawyers and Bankers. Such a juxtiposition (sp) that these respected professions are actually leeches with little or no concern for their clients. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!

By: Jughead on 1/11/13 at 11:08

I love lawsuits, Obamacare, gun control, no school prayer, civil rights, the ACLU, the NAACP, Nancy Pelosi, Jim Cooper, Michael Moore, and the Bill of Wrongs.