Fire Safety Negligence? Kathleen Payton and Daughter, Jazmine Payton Aguayo, Tragically Pass in Lakewood, CO Apartment Complex Fire.

Kathleen Payton and Daughter Jazmine Payton Aguayo Tragically Pass in Lakewood, CO Apartment Complex Fire.

Kathleen Payton and Daughter, Jazmine Payton Aguayo, Tragically Pass in Lakewood, CO Apartment Complex Fire. (

Could the deaths from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.


An apartment fire in Lakewood, CO early Monday morning, Oct 31, 2022, tragically claimed two lives.

As reported by, “[a]ccording to the West Metro Fire Rescue, crews were on scene of a large apartment fire at…Apartments…located at 935 Sheridan Blvd.” is reporting, “[m]any of the residents had little time to escape, including a mother and child who were forced to jump out a second-story window to get out of the burning building. The Lakewood Police Department says the two deceased victims were found inside one of the units.”
According to, “[f]amily members at the scene Monday afternoon identified the two residents who were killed as Kathleen Payton, 33, and her daughter Jazmine Payton Aguayo, 10.”



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As authorities continue their investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of fire safety measures at the apartment building 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 building have a duty to protect residents 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 Kathleen Payton and Jazmine Payton Aguayo 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 Kathleen Payton and Jazmine Payton Aguayo 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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