Relatives of 2 Fallen South Carolina Firefighters Sue Charleston Businesses

May 16, 2008

Two more families of Charleston, S.C. firefighters killed in last year’s Sofa Super Store blaze sued the store, furniture manufacturers and other companies.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported May 14 the wrongful death lawsuits accuse the companies of negligence. Lauren Mulkey, widow of Capt. Louis Mulkey, and Raymond Cofield Jr., father-in-law of Capt. Mike Benke, filed the lawsuits May 13.

Those men and seven other firefighters died in the furniture store fire June 18, 2007. It was the nation’s greatest loss of firefighters since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

The families of three other firefighters have filed similar lawsuits.

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