An apartment fire in Harlem left nine people injured and dozens more temporarily homeless earlier this week. The New York City apartment fire engulfed the top floors of a 6-story building at the corner of Broadway and 144th Street. The Five Alarm blaze required over 200 firefighters to get it under control as it burned for hours.
While fire officials were on the scene, the roof of the building collapsed, turning the interior into a blazing inferno and sending flaming debris to the ground below. Thankfully, there was nobody left in the building at the time. In fact, all of the residents were able to escape from the apartment fire. However nine individuals were sent to a nearby hospital with a variety of injuries.
While none of the injuries are life-threatening, the devastation of the fire will no doubt have long-lasting effects on all of the families involved. The Red Cross reported to media outlets that a total of 22 people had been put up in hotels in the area temporarily while they look for a place to live-just the first step in putting their lives back in order.
There has been no word on what might have caused the fire but investigators will no doubt be looking for maintenance defects (such as gas leaks and bad wiring), besides human factors. In addition, investigators will be looking to see if the smoke detection devices were functioning properly which would have allowed the residents more time to escape the fire without injury.
If you’ve been injured in a fire caused by a malfunctioning device or improper maintenance, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages and property loss. Having an experienced New York City apartment fire lawyer on your side is the best way to get the compensation you deserve. Contact the legal professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel. Call 800-734-9338 or 2112-385-1122 to schedule your free consultation today.