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Former student suing A&M, others after dorm fire injury

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A former student at Alabama A&M University is seeking financial damages against the school, the city of Huntsville and Madison County for injuries she sustained during a fire two years ago at a women's dormitory.

Renada Lee, 20, of St. Louis says in her lawsuit that she was severely injured during the fire at Terry Hall, which started in the hallway. She contends the city failed to maintain the building's fire alarm system and was negligent in enforcing fire codes.

The university has said the fire alarm did sound, and the city has denied the allegations. A hearing on the city's motion to dismiss is now set for Aug. 1.

Lee said she and her roommate, Ronnisha S. Jones, were forced to jump from the fourth floor to escape flames in her room. Her back was broken and her right ankle was fractured, the suit said.

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