Homeless advocate accused in lawsuit over Springfield fire
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The family of a 39-year-old man killed in a 2012 house fire is suing a community activist, accusing him of arranging for their son to live in a Springfield home that lacked safety features.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the wrongful death lawsuit filed Wednesday in Greene County by the parents of Ronald Moore Jr. accuses the Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center of arranging for Moore to live in a home that lacked fire alarms.
Moore died in a fire at the home in October 2012.
Rice denies the claim and said he didn't arrange for Moore to live in the home.
Rice has clashed with the Springfield over housing the homeless. He's also faced legal battles over his St. Louis homeless shelter.