Could the death and injuries from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
An apartment building fire in Baltimore, MD Sunday morning, Feb 19, 2023, tragically claimed one life and injured four others.
As reported by FoxBaltimore.com, “[t]he fire broke out at about 7 a.m. at an apartment building in the 2300 block of Terra Firma Road.”
According to the report, “[w]hen firefighters arrived, they found fire coming from the first floor with people trapped inside.”
WMAR2news.com is reporting, “[n]n all, five people suffered injuries from the fire, which blocked most of the peoples’ paths to the primary exit leaving them little choice, but to try to save themselves any way they could.”
CBSnews.com is report that “[o]ne of the fire victims, an adult woman, was pronounced dead on Tuesday.”
Fire inspectors continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
Is Justice Available? Our Legal Take
As authorities continue their investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of fire safety measures at the complex may have contributed to this incident.
- What fire safety measures, such as working smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and emergency exits, were in place and working at the time of the fire?
- When was the last fire inspection performed on the property?
- Were any safety measures added after any previous inspections?
- Was the property owner aware of any inadequate fire safety measures present prior to the fire?
As details of this fire continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the apartment complex failed to undertake proper safety measures to protect those residents and guests legally on the premises. Under certain State law, the owner and management company of an apartment complex have a duty to protect those on the property and to keep the premises safe. If the owner or manager fails in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths that occur as a consequence. Should the apartment complex be found at fault, the family of the deceased victim may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their loss and suffering.
As insurance companies and unscrupulous property owners are often concerned with limiting their financial exposure in these incidents, it is crucial that the family of the deceased victim retain an experienced premises liability firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as a faulty fire alarm or a poor evacuation plan, is preserved and the families best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in premises liability and apartment negligence cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
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