- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The parents of one of the six people who died in a Portland apartment fire in November have sued the landlord.

The suit filed this week in Cumberland County Superior Court is the second civil action in connection with the blaze, Maine’s deadliest in 40 years.

Nikki and Louis Thomas Jr. of Gilford, New Hampshire, are the parents of 29-year-old Ashley Thomas.

The Thomases are seeking $2 million from the landlord. They claim that he was negligent in causing the wrongful death of their daughter because surviving tenants say the duplex had a blocked exit and no working smoke alarms.

The landlord’s lawyer refused comment on the latest lawsuit.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1IycHW5 ) reports that the landlord on Thursday evicted 10 tenants from another building he owns.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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