Wrongful Death Suit in Wisconsin Hotel Fire Dismissed

August 24, 2010

A second wrongful death lawsuit has been dismissed against the owner of a hotel in Independence, Wis., that burned in February 2009, killing three men.

The Winona Daily News reports the lawsuit was dismissed after a “minor” settlement with building owner Corazon Peterson, also known as Corazon Moen, and her insurance companies.

The lawsuit was filed by the families of Gerardo Reyes Perez and Humberto Hernandez Vanegas, who both died in the apartment building fire.

The amount of the settlement is unknown and Trempealeau County Circuit Court Judge John Damon approved sealing documents related to the case.

The Hotel Tap building in Independence had failed fire inspections before the blaze. Moen has acknowledged the failed inspections but has said the problems were fixed before the fire.

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