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Wrongful Death Lawsuits In New Ulm B&B Fire Settled

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NEW ULM, Minn. (WCCO) — The lawsuits that emerged in the aftermath of a deadly fire at a New Ulm bed and breakfast have been settled.

The fire at the Bohemian Bed and Breakfast killed six people on July 2, 2011. The victims were the inn’s owner Roberta McCrea, her two daughters, 15-year-old Abby Gayle Wood and 3-year-old Savannah McCrea, and three guests — 67-year-old Andrew Uhing of Hardington, Neb., 62-year-old Joseph J. Bergman of Centuria, Wis. and 59-year-old Dian Lee Bergman of Centuria, Wis.

Four others managed to escape the fire.

A Brown County judge has sealed the settlement amounts in the four wrongful death lawsuits.

Investigators determined that burning candles left unattended on a three-season porch caused the fire.

After the fire, it was reported that house hadn’t been recently inspected and wasn’t licensed for guests. The establishment’s owner never intended for the main house to be a bed and breakfast so it was never inspected for paying guests.

At the time of the fire, officials said there was no way of proving whether a fire inspection would’ve saved the lives of the six victims.

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