The father of one of the SIU Edwardsville students killed in an apartment fire in April of 2012 has filed suit against the landlord. Twenty-one-year-old Lacy Siddall and 19-year-old Lauren Peterson died a few days after the blaze. Petersen's father is seeking at least $100,000 in damages from the landlord, while the landlord had previously filed suit agains bith victims' families, caliming he is losing $1,800 a month while preserving the house for evidence.
Siddall and Peterson shared an off-campus apartment in the 600 block of Hillsboro in Edwardsville. Investigators believe a faulty power strip may be to blame for the fire. The victims were found in an upstairs bedroom. The fire apparently began in another bedroom of the home. Both women were first taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville before being airlifted to St. Louis. The two were life-long friends from Bethalto.