Eleven-year-old Angel Smith is the sixth child to die from injuries sustained in a January 21 house hire in South Bend, Indiana. Her siblings Demetris Smith, 10, Davida Smith, 9, Deontay Smith, 5, and D’Angelo Smith, 4, and Faith Smith, 17 months perished in the early-evening blaze that consumed their house on 222 North LaPorte Avenue.
House Failed Inspection
The house failed an inspection on July 19, 2023, according to an investigative report by the South Bend Tribune. Inspectors found 10 violations including electrical problems. Many of the outlets, including all of them on the second floor, didn’t work and some were burnt. The kitchen ceiling was collapsing and the front door handle was broken.
The property is managed by WJM Property Management and owned by the Harmon Living Trust of Dallas which owns seven other South Bend properties, according to the report.
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