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Lawsuits filed after deadly Emmaus fire

5 people died in the blaze in March of 2013.

Lawsuits filed after deadly Emmaus fire

EMMAUS, Pa. - Lawsuits are being filed more than a year after a fire in Lehigh County claimed the lives of four people.

The fire broke out March 17, 2013, at an apartment building on West 5th Street in Emmaus.

Three adults and a 16 year-old boy died.

The deaths were ruled accidental and the coroner's office said the victims died from smoke inhalation and burns.

Loved ones of one of the victims have filed lawsuits against the building's owners, claiming wrongful death and negligence.

Fifty-six year-old Lena Adamo was one of the fire victims.

According to a lawsuit, her boyfriend, Robert Taylor, lived in the apartment with her and escaped the fire.

He is one of the people filing suit.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Anthony Adamo, Lena Adamo's brother and the administrator of her estate.

Among the claims against Michael and Loretta Boyco in the lawsuits are that they did not have the required number of properly working smoke detectors, they did not put in wire fire detectors, there were no fire detectors in the bedrooms in Adamo's and Taylor's apartment and there were no working fire alarms in the other apartments.

The paperwork claims Adamo did not recognize how serious the situation was and went to get dressed before leaving the apartment, but never made it out.

Her boyfriend, Taylor, did escape and his lawsuit says he has suffered physical, mental, and emotional injuries.

Attempts to reach the Boycos for comment were unsuccessful.

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