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Landlord forced to pay $500K in 11-year-old's wrongful death lawsuit

A landlord is being forced to pay $500,000 for not providing a working smoke detector for this home, which burned in 2008, killing an 11-year-old girl. Source: Gary Weaver A landlord is being forced to pay $500,000 for not providing a working smoke detector for this home, which burned in 2008, killing an 11-year-old girl. Source: Gary Weaver
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A St. Clair County landlord is forced to pay $500,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit.

On January 18, 2008,  11-year-old Carrie Crowder died in a mobile home fire on Crawford Cove Road near Ashville. The judge ruled the landlord should pay because he did not provide the home with a working smoke detector.

Attorneys Gary Weaver and Stan Glasscox represented Crowder's mother, Angela Roddy. Weaver says the fire started on the opposite end of the mobile home, away from the bedrooms.

Weaver and Glasscox say if the home had a working smoke detector, Crowder might have been able to escape. 

William Swindall owned the home and Weaver says several times Roddy asked Swindall to fix the smoke detectors. Weaver says Swindall ignored her requests.

Weaver says Swindall had been warned about this before.

"The state fire marshal's office had warned this gentleman two different times in the past," Weaver said, "He had had a mobile home where an elderly man died in a fire. Now there was so much destruction they couldn't determine if the smoke detectors were working in that home."

Attorney Dwight Blair represents Swindall. Blair has not returned calls from FOX6 News.

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