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Harrah's, Tribe Blamed for Teen's Death

4 Jun 2004

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the San Diego KGTV: "The family of a fire victim filed Thursday a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against Harrah's Casino. The same family filed a formal complaint with the Rincon Indian tribe claiming the tribe should have been more prepared to fight the Paradise Fire.

"In October 2003, the Paradise Fire started near the casino and swept across the countryside. Everything in the path of the fire was destroyed and eventually it claimed the life of 16-year-old Ashleigh Roach. Her sister, Allyson survived, but suffers from burns on over 85 percent of her body.

"According to the lawsuit, casino officials and tribal leaders were warned several times about a need to increase fire services. The family said the warnings went unanswered and that Harrah's and the tribe should be held responsible.

"The lawsuit, which was filed in San Diego County Superior Court, blames Harrah's Casino for the Roach's loss. Another claim has asked Rincon tribal leaders to give up their sovereign immunity from lawsuits and except responsibility…"

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