Second suit over Garley fire

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 September, 1997, 12:00am

Chow Sang Sang Jewellery has filed a second lawsuit seeking more compensation from the lift company it blames for causing the Garley Building fire.

The company claims Ryoden Lift and Escalator Company Limited allowed combustible material to accumulate in lift shafts, where it was ignited by sparks from welders.

Chow Sang Sang is demanding an extra $3.3 million compensation and $196,606.66 costs.

The fire at the Nathan Road block on November 20 last year killed 40 people, including a fireman. Twenty-two of the dead were Chow Sang Sang employees. Five staff members were injured.

Last month, the company filed a writ against the lift firm demanding $4 million for alleged negligence.