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City accused of seeking money from fallen firefighters

By JUAN A. LOZANO
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - An attorney for the families of a group of firefighters who died after battling a 2013 Houston hotel fire says the city is "heartless" for allegedly trying to recoup medical costs and other expenses from the families by filing liens against them.

However, Houston City Attorney Ron Lewis says the city never put any liens on the firefighters or their families but has instead sought to regain these costs from those responsible for the fire.

Ben Hall, an attorney for some of the firefighters' families, alleged Friday the city has been seeking thousands of dollars from his clients.

But Lewis says any claim the city is trying to take money from the firefighters in a "villainous way" is incorrect.

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