Family files lawsuit in connection with Fairburn fire


The parents of a 26-year-old woman killed in a fire at their home in Fairburn filed a lawsuit against the small town and a neighbor, alleging a grass fire that sparked the deadly blaze was fueled by the remains of a nearby shed. The lawsuit was filed last month in Custer County. The suit claimed a pile of wooden debris on the neighbor’s property fed the 2017 fire that killed Julie Pawelski . The suit further asserted Fairburn officials had ordered that the shed be demolished, but the debris hadn’t been cleaned up. The suit alleges unlawful death and seeks damages from the town and the neighbor.. The blaze began when a 7-year-old child playing with a lighter started the grass fire. Wind pushed the fire to the demolished shed on the neighbor’s property and then to the Pawelski’s two-story residence.

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