Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Chicago LODD

The family of a Chicago firefighter killed on December 14, 2015 has filed suit against the owners of the warehouse where he died.

Daniel Capuano, 42, a 16 year veteran, died when he fell down an open elevator shaft in the vacant building. According to City building officials building’s owners never obtained permits to the remove the elevator. Investigations into the matter are ongoing but the floor Capuano was on was reportedly obscured by smoke. Capuano has recently passed the lieutenant’s exam.

The suit was filed in Cook County Court naming Anilroshi, LLC, as the defendant owner of the warehouse. The suit alleges wrong death, negligence, violations of building and safety codes that contributed the Capuano’s death.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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