Lawsuit filed in fatal Bridgeport fire

BRIDGEPORT - The family of a woman killed along with her three children in a fire is suing the city.

Tiana Black and her three kids, died in a fire at the P.T. Barnum Apartments in November last year.

The lawsuit claims the city's Housing Authority, fire department and several city officials, including Mayor Bill Finch, failed to build a safe emergency escape route from the apartment.

A lawyer for the city responded by saying, "The city has received the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Black family who perished in the November 2009 fire at P.T. Barnum Apartments. Our investigation into this matter indicates that the fire was not due to any fault on the part of the city, and we intend to fully defend the city against these allegations. We are confident that the ultimate resolution of this case will substantiate this position."

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