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Mother of four girls killed in Flora house fire sues landlord

It's been nearly two years since a Flora mother lost her four daughters in a house fire and now she has filed a federal lawsuit against her landlord.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2018 1:27 AM
Updated: Nov. 19, 2018 5:18 AM

FLORA, Ind. (WLFI) — It's been nearly two years since a Flora mother lost her four daughters in a house fire and now she has filed a federal lawsuit against her landlord.

Nov. 21, 2016 was a devastating day for the town of flora. A home on Columbia Street caught fire while Gaylin Rose and her four daughters were inside. The mother was this only one to make it out a live.

Rose is now suing landlord Josh Ayers, his business partner Troy Helderman, and their company Birch Tree Holdings. The wrongful death suit alleges Rose previously complained about multiple things that potentially lead to the death of her little girls.

The complaints include faulty smoke detectors, non-functioning electrical outlets, and non-locking doors. Rose is also suing Whirlpool and Sears over a range appliance that was allegedly defective and created the dangerous situation. The fire was originally deemed arson by the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office.

An arrest has still not been made and anyone with information about this case is asked to call the arson hotline is 1-800-382-4628. Calls can be made anonymously and there is a $5,000 reward.

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