More victims of the fatal Boardwalk Apartments fire have come forward, filing another lawsuit in Douglas County District Court.
The latest lawsuit was filed on behalf of 10 victims of the October 2005 fire. Family members of Jose Gonzalez and Yolanda Riddle, both killed in the fire, also are listed as plaintiffs.
The lawsuit, against the Boardwalk Apartments and Terrace Management Services, claims the property was a "fire trap" and argues the defendants should have known about the problems long before fire swept through the 76-unit apartment building, killing three people and injuring at least 18 others.
The lawsuit also claims the apartment complex and management company were negligent for failing to have an adequate fire suppression system, adequate fire alarm system and adequate escape routes.
The victims, who were either injured or displaced by the fire, are seeking a minimum of $75,000 each.
In addition, Yolanda Riddle's father and Jose Gonzalez's sister are both seeking more than $75,000 for the wrongful death of their loved ones.
The lawsuit was filed by three law firms, including the Kansas City, Mo., firm of Hunter and Nantz, which took out half-page newspaper ads in the days following the Oct. 7, 2005, fire.
Nancy Bingham, whose daughter Nicole died in the fire, filed a similar lawsuit last week in Douglas County District Court.
Jason Rose, who lived at Boardwalk at the time of the fire, was convicted of setting the fire. He's serving a 10-year prison sentence.