Wrongful Death Suit Expected After Fatal Fire in Overcrowded Allston Apartment

Binland Lee, a Boston University student who died in April 2013 in a fire in Allston.
Binland Lee, a Boston University student who died in April 2013 in a fire in Allston.
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After 22-year-old Boston University student Binland Lee was killed in a fire last April, her family is suing Lee’s landlord and apartment brokers for renting the illegally overcrowded apartment where Lee lived, The Boston Globe reports.

According to the report, the suit will also accuse landlord Anna Belokurova of not having sufficient exits or a working fire-alarm system in the house at 87 Linden St.

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The wrongful death suit, which is expected to be filed Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court, comes three months after the Globe’s Spotlight Team published a detailed reconstruction of that terrifying morning in Allston when Binland Lee’s last screams were heard as her fellow tenants jumped out of third-floor windows at 87 Linden St.

The Spotlight investigation revealed persistent problems at the overcrowded house and the failure of key individuals — from the building’s past and present owners to city regulators — to do much about them. When Lee, a marine science major from Brooklyn, moved into the building in 2012, landlord Anna Belokurova was renting out nearly every space as a bedroom, leaving the tenants on the third floor with only one way out, down a flight of stairs. On April 28, 2013, those stairs were blocked by surging smoke and flames.

You can read the full Boston Globe report here.