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Stratford Village Apartments Fire in Roanoke, VA Tragically Claims One Life, Others Injured.

Stratford Village Apartments Fire in Roanoke, VA Tragically Claims One Life, Others Injured. (WSET.com)

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.

Local News

An apartment fire in Roanoke, VA late Tuesday night, September 20, 2022, tragically claimed one life and injured others.

As reported by WSLS.com, “[a]uthorities say they were called to Stratford Village Apartments in the 3700 block of Stratford Park Dr shortly before midnight.”

According to WDBJ7.com, “[c]rews say they had to force doors open to many of the rooms in the building to let residents out. Crews also say they will have to make sure the fire alarms are working before allowing residents to return to the building.”
Fire inspectors continue to investigate.

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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 the deceased victim and any injured victims 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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