PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The family of a woman killed last year in a senior living community fire in West Chester has filed a lawsuit.
Theresa Malloy, 85, was one of four people who died in November’s inferno at Barclay Friends.READ MORE: Philadelphia Eagles Safety Rodney McLeod Hosts Sneaker Ball Toy Drive
An attorney for her family tells Eyewitness News careless smoking on the “non-smoking” campus may have been the cause behind the fire.
The family recently filed a lawsuit demanding answers and reform.READ MORE: Car Crash In North Philadelphia Leaves Man Dead, Police Say
“This was systemic failure across multiple levels — failure to enforce their smoking policies, failure to have a fire suppression system that works, failure to evacuate. They were 0-3. Theresa Malloy paid with her life,” said Robert Mongeluzzi, the family’s attorney.
The official cause remains under investigation.MORE NEWS: Residents Escape Flames In Levittown, Bucks County House Fire
However, a federal report on the deadly fire is expected out in the near future.