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.
An apartment fire in Louisville, KY Thursday morning, Dec 8, 2022, tragically claimed one life and injured several others.
As reported by WAVE3.com, “[t]he Louisville Fire Department confirmed that crews were dispatched on Thursday at 5:49 a.m. to a fire at Watterson Lakeview Apartments on West Wheatmore Drive. The call to 911 came from residents. Crews got there within five minutes and noticed the fire on the first and second floors.”
WDRB.com is reporting, “the first and second floor buildings were heavily involved. Cars in the parking lot caught fire. Firefighters made several rescues and multiple self-rescues were made, including some jumping from windows. Louisville Fire called for a second alarm around 6:03 a.m., and more than 60 firefighters responded.”
According to Courier-Journal.com, “[o]ne person has died with several others injured…[and [a]t least four people were taken to local hospitals. The person who died was on the second floor of the complex.”
Per WDRB.com, “[t]he Louisville arson unit is investigating.”
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 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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