Man sued over deadly fire in secret tunnels under his home

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A lawsuit claims a wealthy stock trader’s negligence led to a deadly fire that killed a young man who was helping him build a network of tunnels for a bunker beneath a suburban Washington, D.C., home.

The parents of 21-year-old Askia Khafra sued 27-year-old Daniel Beckwitt and his father on Monday, the anniversary of the fire that killed Khafra in the basement of the Beckwitts’ house in Bethesda, Maryland.

Beckwitt is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in Khafra’s death.

The parents’ wrongful death lawsuit says the “hoarding conditions” in Beckwitt’s home made the fire spread more quickly and hindered Khafra’s ability to escape.

Beckwitt didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and text message seeking comment on the lawsuit.

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