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Lawsuit Seeks Possible Negligence in Deadly Fire

Lin Shengbin stands outside the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court in the captial of Zhejiang province on Feb. 9. Lin has been battling the city's fire department for almost half a year to gain access to files linked to his family's death. Photo: VCG
Lin Shengbin stands outside the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court in the captial of Zhejiang province on Feb. 9. Lin has been battling the city's fire department for almost half a year to gain access to files linked to his family's death. Photo: VCG

A father of three is seeking a court order for records that could shed light on whether firefighters mishandled an apartment fire in Hangzhou that killed his wife and children in June.

The case will be heard by a district court in the eastern city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, though a trial date has not been set, said the father, Lin Shengbin, whose wife, two sons — aged 4 and 10 — and 7-year-old daughter died in the fire.

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