Family sues after woman found dead in 150 degree home

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Family Sues After Woman Found Dead In 150 Degree Home

CHICAGO -- A lawsuit filed in Cook County blames the death of an elderly woman on a suburban heating and cooling company. The temperature was 150 degrees inside Mary Griffin's home at 95th and Winston in Chicago, according to the lawsuit filed by her son.

The 90-year-old woman was found dead on Apr. 17 from hypertensive cardiovascular disease and heat stress due to furnace malfunction, said the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

The lawsuit claims Care-N-Comfort Inc. in Posen negligently installed a boiler, water heater and thermostat in Griffin's home, the day before she was found dead. PB Heat LLC, the Pennsylvania-based company that manufactured the boiler, is also named in the suit.

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