- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - The lawsuit filed by an Ohio father whose disabled daughter died in a Connecticut fire last year will go to trial.

Connecticut Post reports (https://bit.ly/1CKA2ad ) a Bridgeport judge Thursday refused to throw out the lawsuit of Paul O’Neill, of Hinckley, Ohio. O’Neill claims his 19-year-old daughter, Katherine, died due to negligence on the part of his ex-wife and her mother, Maureen Gerrity, who also died in the fire.

O’Neill is suing Gerrity’s sister, Catherine Robertson, who is the administrator of his ex-wife’s estate.

Gerrity and her daughter were pronounced dead after a fire broke out in the Fairfield home in March 2014.

Fire officials determined the blaze was caused by negligent disposal of smoking material. O’Neill’s lawsuit alleges Gerrity was a frequent smoker.

Robertson’s lawyer declined comment on the ruling.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, https://www.connpost.com

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