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 Albuquerque, NM Wednesday morning, January 6, 2021, tragically claimed the life of one person.
As reported by KOB.com, “Albuquerque Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to a deadly motel fire early Wednesday morning at the Siegel Select, near University and Menaul.”
KRQE.com is reporting, “crews were able to make entry into the building and fight the blaze. During this time, there was one individual found in the affected apartment who was brought outside and was determined to be deceased as a result of the fire.”
According to the report, “two other individuals were assessed by first responders. One was transported to a hospital while another was assessed at the scene and declined to be hospitalized.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Our Legal Take
As the fire investigation team continues its investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of fire safety measures at the motel 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 an apartment complex have a duty to protect patrons 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. In addition, any injured victim may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their injuries.
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 family’s best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in premises liability and motel negligence cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
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