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City of Utica facing new lawsuit regarding 2009 James Street fire

By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The City of Utica is facing new charges in federal court regarding the 2009 James Street fired that killed four people.

The victims' families allege the residents' civil rights were violated in a 25-page lawsuit.

According to the City Corporation Counsel, this new case is similar to a past case filed in 2010 that blames the city for deliberate indifference, negligence, carelessness and recklessness.

The city has filed a motion to have this case dismissed. The older cases are also still pending.

The building at 102 James Street was never registered to be inspected by the codes or fire department.

The owner of the building, Timothy Klotz, has also sued the city on similar charges.

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