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Family of Southington teen killed in firecracker fire files wrongful death suit

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Kristen Milano's family filed a lawsuit against Eric Morelli, the Southington Fire Department and the owner of the apartments where she died. Kristen Milano's family filed a lawsuit against Eric Morelli, the Southington Fire Department and the owner of the apartments where she died.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A family that lost a Southington teen in a sparkler-ignited fire has filed a lawsuit.

The suit was filed at New Britain Superior Court and takes aim at Eric Morelli, the 19-year-old who threw the firecracker into 19-year-old Kristen Milano’s apartment last summer.

The suit names Morelli, the town of Southington and the owners of the Summer Brook Apartments.

Last month, the Milanos said they listened as Morelli admitted that he threw the lit firecracker through a window.

The medical examiner ruled that Kristen Milano died of smoke inhalation.

"I am sorry for the pain I have caused the Milano family," Morelli said in court.

He was convicted of manslaughter.

The Milanos watched as he was whisked away in handcuffs to start serving a 7 year prison sentence.

"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 Mary Milano, Kristen Milano’s mother.

In the wrongful death suit, the family claims the apartment owners failed to install a screen on Kristen Milano’s window, despite repeated pleas asking for one.

The suit also goes after the Southington Fire Department for allegedly failing to do required inspections, which the family said contributed to the smoke alarms not working.

While Morelli serves time, Eyewitness News reached out to the other defendants named in the suit. They either declined to comment or did not respond.

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