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Home’s owner sued over deadly ’11 fire

– Two years after an electrical fire killed her daughter and her fiancé in a Robinwood Drive home, the mother of Jonette Chacon is suing the owner of the property.

Filed earlier this week in Allen County Superior Court by Monica Duckett, the wrongful death lawsuit names as defendants property owner Fred Sheets, as well as Tina Snodgrass, who was living in the home.

Snodgrass is the mother of the other person who died in the fire. She escaped and was also able to save her 17-year-old daughter from the blaze.

Chacon, 19, and Carson Tubbs II, 20, both died from smoke inhalation in the early-morning fire Dec. 13, 2011, at 4114 Robinwood Drive. The cause of the blaze was eventually attributed to an electrical problem.

A working smoke detector was not found in the home, according to fire officials after the investigation.

In her lawsuit, Duckett alleges that both Sheets and Snodgrass were negligent in failing to warn Chacon of conditions in the home that could have caused her harm. She also alleges they were out of compliance with the city’s fire code, according to court documents.

Duckett is seeking damages for the loss of her daughter’s companionship, as well as medical, funeral and burial expenses, according to court documents.

Neither Sheets nor Snodgrass could be reached for comment Wednesday.

rgreen@jg.net

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