Could the death from this motel 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.
A motel fire in Lancaster, CA early Wednesday morning, Jan 18, 2023, tragically claimed one life.
As reported by AVpress.com, “[f]irefighters were called to the Lancaster Inn, in the 43000 block of 17th Street West, at 3:55 a.m., for a reported structure fire.”
TheAVTimes.com is reporting, “[firefighters] extinguished the flames in the two-story building in about 25 minutes.”
According to the report, “[i]nformation was not immediately available on the identity of the victim. At this time, the decedent is listed as Jane Doe #5.”
Fire inspectors continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
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 motel 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 a motel 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 motel 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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