Insurance Co. Sues Macaulay Culkin

January 2, 2001

Macaulay Culkin has been in a suit filed by Travelers Property Casualty seeking monetary retribution for money it paid to tenants who suffered losses in a fire that began in the Culkin family’s high-rise apartments in New York City.

The suit names Culkin’s parents, and the owners and managers of the apartment building, seeking more than $113,000 paid in claims to five policyholders. Fire investigators said the 1998 blaze apparently started in a wall-mounted heater in one of the Culkins’ two 19th-floor apartments.

Officials said the fire and the smoke spread through nearby floors because Patricia Brentrup, Culkin’s mother, left her apartment door open when she and her children fled.

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