Lawsuit: Medic claims black mold in ambulance homebase made her sick
More EMT's may follow to get the Metropolis-owned service building cleaned up
METROPOLIS, Ill. — An attorney for paramedic Rhonda Riley filed suit against the city of Metropolis and now is asking a Massac County judge to rule on an injunction. The injunction would require the city or Massac Memorial Hospital to stop any cleanup of mold that may be in the ambulance service building. Riley's attorney wants experts to come in and perform tests on any contaminants.
Pictures provided to Local 6 show a black substance on pipes as well as a black substance on a portion of a ceiling. The lawsuit says the city of Metropolis failed to maintain the property on North Avenue and allowed mold, mildew, water, and other contaminants to collect over time.
"The purpose is just to get it cleaned up," said Linda Cantrell, attorney for Rhonda Riley. Cantrell said Riley's filed a workman's comp claim because of illness from the mold. The goal of the civil action is to get the city to clean up the place.