A group of tenants in a Westside high-rise that was the scene of a dramatic fire in October are suing the building's corporate owner for negligence.
Atty. Mark Geragos filed the suit Wednesday against Barrington Plaza and its corporate owner, Douglas Emmett.
"The conditions at the supposedly high-end apartment building were atrocious," Geragos said. "Our goal is to try and get them to correct what I consider their outrageous conduct."
According to residents, several fire alarms failed to sound in the 25-story Barrington Plaza as the fire spread within a single apartment on the southwest side on the 11th floor. A door to the roof was locked and the stairwells filled with choking smoke, tenants said.
"It was a wall of black, absolutely impenetrable," said Pamela Day, who lived on the 23rd floor. "The only option was to retreat back to my apartment. It was too late to escape."