Neary widow files wrongful death lawsuit

Lt. Robert Neary
Lt. Robert Neary

The widow of Lt. Robery Neary filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the Kensington factory where her husband died fighting a fire in April 2012.

Diane Neary claims the property owners ignored multiple warning signs that hinted at the building’s dangerous condition, and their negligence ultimately led to the inferno that killed both her husband and 25-year-old Dan Sweeney, according to court documents.

The lawsuit, officially filed on Oct. 1 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, lists New York-based developers and building owners Yechial and Nahman Lichtenstein and Toby Moskovits.

Neary claims the property owners also owed more than $400,000 in back bills, taxes and other penalties on 24 or their 31 city properties.

The blaze ignited on Easter night, April 9, 2012, at the former Thomas Buck hosiery factory at York and Jasper streets.

Neary and Sweeney died after a wall collapsed on top of them.

Stephen A. Cozen, who represents the building owners, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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