Mother of 4 killed in Opelika house fire files claim against Opelika Housing Authority

Left: Bryson Core. Top: Za'Kyhia (11), Bottom Left: Atira (7), Bottom right: Karmina (5). (Source: Harris Funeral Home Inc./family)
Left: Bryson Core. Top: Za'Kyhia (11), Bottom Left: Atira (7), Bottom right: Karmina (5). (Source: Harris Funeral Home Inc./family)
Keiyonna Core. (Source: Family)
Keiyonna Core. (Source: Family)

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – Felisha Core, the mother of 4 children who died in a house fire in Opelika, has filed a claim against the Opelika Housing Authority.

Core is filing a claim for wrongful death, personal injury, mental anguish/emotional distress, and punitive damages.

The claim is not a lawsuit, but it is against the Opelika Housing Authority only, not the city of Opelika.

In the claim that was filed, Core states that the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring device.

The fire happened January 12 at the Core family home on the 1300 block of South Long St. in Opelika.

Za'Kyhia (11), Atira (7), Karmina (5), and Bryson Core (3) were killed in the house fire, Keiyonna was sent to the Children's Hospital in Birmingham and is expected to be released by the end of the week.

Here is a statement released by the attorney for Core:

Ms. Core has filed a Sworn Notice of Claim with the Opelika Housing Authority.  Alabama law provides that public housing authorities are treated similarly to municipal governments, and the law requires that a Sworn Notice of Claim against a municipal government be filed within six months of the incident giving rise to the claim.

If you would like to help this family, an account has been set up at the Opelika Branch of Auburn Bank to help with financial expenses.

Auburn Bank - Opelika Branch
215 South 6th Street
Opelika, AL 36801

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