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Minnesota mom sues Walmart after daughter KILLED in parking lot fire

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Edward Jacob is an American entertainment journalist who graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts. he won major broadcast awards for covering a wide range of backgrounds. He writes for a wide range of media outlets, especially on the latest news on upcoming films and T.V shows.

FRIDLEY, MINNESOTA: A fire in a store parking lot killed one of the mother’s children and “permanently damaged” the other. The mother is suing Walmart over it.

On August 6, 2019, when Essie McKenzie drove to Walmart Supercenter in Fridley, Minnesota, her daughters were sleeping in the back of her van. Court documents say McKenzie took her mother to the airport, where the children, aged 6 and 9, were tired from having to get up early.

The mother let them sleep as it was around 6am and she thought they would be safe while she went shopping. Court records indicate that when she returned to the parking lot minutes later, the van was on fire. As she ran towards the fire, first responders stopped her. She waited and watched until the firefighters finally got the girls out of the van. The fires affected them. The youngest had a heart attack and was brought back to life in the parking lot. She was then taken to hospital, where she died. Her older sister survived, but she was badly burned and will always look different.

In the lawsuit against Walmart, which was filed on June 6, lawyers for McKenzie say the company has a well-known policy that allows people to camp in parking lots overnight without supervision to help keep others safe. clients. “Walmart encouraged and allowed a dangerous situation to occur on its property,” the lawsuit states. (Walmart) compounded the danger by not having enough people to monitor the use of its parking lot as a campground. Investigators say a camping stove was the cause of the fire. Documents show a California man and his wife lived in their 2005 Dodge Caravan as they drove across the country. They decided to stop at Fridley’s Walmart and set up camp there.

Reports say the man used a camp stove to cook breakfast on the morning of the fire. After he finished it, he put it in the back of their car without waiting for it to cool. He then backed out of the parking lot and into a location closer to the store entrance, next to McKenzie’s van. According to documents, when the man entered the business, the camping stove started a fire in his car. His wife tried to put out the fire, but she couldn’t. Newsweek says their car caught fire and the fire quickly spread to McKenzie’s van.

Kare11 says the man was sentenced to 120 days in prison and three years in 2020 after pleading guilty to two counts of reckless arson causing grievous bodily harm. McKenzie’s attorneys are now seeking at least $75,000 in damages. Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Walmart, told McClatchy News, “Our condolences go out to the friends and family affected by this tragic event, even though it happened three years ago.” He also said the company “plans to defend the company and will respond in court to the complaint, if appropriate.”

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