Court considers adding Charleston city to sofa store fire suit

CHARLESTON, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Court of Appeals is considering if Charleston should be a defendant in a lawsuit stemming from a fire that killed nine firefighters.

The court refused to dismiss an appeal of a lower court order barring the city as a defendant. The appeals court wants to hear more arguments.

Attorneys for Sofa Super Store argue the city was negligent about the safety of its firefighters in the 2007 blaze. The families of 8 of the victims who sued the store oppose making the city a defendant.

The families sued 30 defendants, including the store and various furniture and equipment manufacturers. They have settled with 20 of them for nearly $7 million, but there has been no settlement with the store.

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