Partial settlement reached in SC fire suits

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A partial settlement has been reached in lawsuits stemming from last year's furniture store fire which killed nine Charleston firefighters.

Families of eight of the nine firefighters sued various furniture manufacturers, a building contractor and companies that built and installed fire doors at the Sofa Super Store where the fire occurred.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Tuesday that court paperwork shows 12 defendants have settled for $5.6 million to be divided among the families.

Eighteen defendants remain in the case, including the Sofa Super Store.

The city of Charleston has purchased the store site for a memorial.

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