By Laura D’Andrea Tyson,The Associated PressRead moreThe city’s attorney general has charged a real estate lawyer with negligence and filing a lawsuit alleging a landlord’s negligence in the death of a tenant in her apartment complex.
The lawsuit was filed in Santa Ana Superior Court on Monday and was brought by the landlord, the real estate firm that manages the complex and a landlord advocacy group.
The suit seeks damages for injuries sustained by tenants, who were living in a condominium at the time of the Sept. 15, 2018, fire.
It also asks the court to order the real property manager to fix the fire, which caused the death.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the complex around 9 p.m. to report a fire, said Santa Ana Fire Department spokeswoman Sara Del Rio.
Tenants in the complex were evacuated and firefighters found the building engulfed in flames.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, said spokeswoman Andrea Jankowski.
The building, with 672 units, was built in 1986 and is owned by a private company.