CHICAGO (CBS)– The families are suing afterhave been found in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago after complaints that the air conditioning was not turned on during a hot week.
One of the women’s families filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of the building.
The lawsuit alleges the building continued to operate the heating system two weeks ago, despite abnormally hot temperatures.
Logs show a trail of warnings and complaints in the previous days from people living there and local alderman Maria Hadden.
They said she asked them to turn on the cooling system and management disagreed. The cooling system was turned on the day after the woman was found dead.
The women who died were 76, 68 and 72 years old.
The Sneider apartments accommodate elderly and disabled people.
Residents and their relatives told CBS 2 that the building was stuffy.
“There have been many complaints well above 90 degrees in the units during the day, especially when the sun is very high and peaks through the apartments,” said Rhondisha Harris, the granddaughter of a resident. . “There is also no proper ventilation in the apartments. There are no exhaust fans in the bathrooms, so when you take a shower you have to be very careful not to make the air ‘water too hot or you’ll pass out.’