Survivor of Medina apartment explosion files lawsuit against building owners

Survivor of Medina apartment explosion files lawsuit against building owners

MEDINA, OH (WOIO) - The survivor of the fatal Medina apartment explosion and fire is now suing the building's owners according to court documents.

According to a lawsuit filed Monday morning in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Robert Drake is suing the owners of the Medina Village Apartments. The suit was filed against Integrity Realty Group, LLC, SPM Properties, LLC, and Phoenix Renovation Corporation.

The Feb. 9 fire started following an explosion at the apartment building on Springbrook Drive around 3:15 a.m. 18-year-old Jacob Drake, who had cerebral palsy, was killed in the fire. His mother, Sheila Drake, suffered severe burns during the fire and later died due to her injuries. Robert Drake, Jacob's father, suffered serious burns and was hospitalized at MetroHealth Medical Center for an extended period of time, according to officials.

Five other residents received minor injuries.

According to the Ohio Division of the State Fire Marshal, investigators determined the cause of the explosion and fatal fire at the Medina Village Apartments is related to a natural gas leak in the building.

People can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. There is also a GoFundMe account set up to donate directly to the Drake family.

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