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Family files wrongful death lawsuit after Southington teen killed in fire

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SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

The family of a Southington teen who died after someone threw a lit firecracker into her bedroom has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Kristen Milano’s loved ones filed the lawsuit at New Britain Superior Court, and it claims the man responsible for throwing the firecracker isn’t the only person who played a role in her death.

Last month, Eric Morelli was sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter after admitting he threw the firecracker into Milano’s bedroom last year.

The 19-year-old died of smoke inhalation as the apartment burned around her.

"I will never get to see her fall in love with the man of her dreams. I will never be able to see her walk down the aisle and get married,” said her mother Mary Milano. “He robbed me of my baby girl.”

Now, the Milano family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Morelli and other parties they believe are at least partially responsible for the tragedy.

The lawsuit names the owner of the apartment where the fire started, for negligence including allegedly failing to install a screen on Milano’s window, even though the family claims they asked for one repeatedly.

The town of Southington and its fire departments are also named as defendants for allegedly failing to do required inspections, which the suit claims contributed to the fact that the smoke alarms did not work.

Morelli is already in jail and every other defendant listed either declined to comment or did not return phone calls to Eyewitness News.

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