Could the death from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
An apartment fire in Las Vegas, NV early Tuesday morning, June 6, 2023, tragically claimed one life.
As reported by New3LV.com, “[m]ultiple people were taken to a hospital after a fire tore through an apartment complex building in the west Las Vegas valley Tuesday morning. Firefighters could be seen spraying water from two hoses onto the building, part of a complex on Charleston Boulevard near Torrey Pines Drive.”
According to the report, “Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said crews were first called around 5:04 a.m., with a second alarm called within five minutes. The all-clear was given at 6:42 a.m.”
KTNV.com is reporting, “Fire & Rescue officials said while investigating the cause of the fire, they found someone who had died. They add another person is still missing. Six people were taken to the hospital to be treated. A firefighters was injured but has since been cleared and returned to duty.”
According to ReviewJournal.com, “David Phlong, 26, of Las Vegas was found dead at the scene.”
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 David Phlong 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 David Phlong 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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