One person is dead and two more are seriously injured after an apartment fire in New York City late last month. All three individuals were residents of a single apartment unit in a building located on Elbertson Street in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens.
Official reports show that the blaze broke out around 3:00 on the morning of July 29th and quickly engulfed the entire fifth-floor unit. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found all three victims trapped inside the apartment. They were able to pull two of the injured residents out of the blaze through the front door after knocking down the flames. The third victim was rescued through a window with the help of a ladder. In a statement to the news media, the FDNY said that the rescue was complicated by a child safety gate that had been securely screwed to the window cases, hampering the woman’s own attempts to escape.
When the victims arrived at a nearby hospital one was listed in critical condition, another was treated for minor injuries and released, and the third succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival.
An investigation into this deadly apartment fire in New York City found no working smoke detectors in the apartment-a violation of long-standing safety standards. The fire marshal’s office has yet to determine a cause of the fire but if neglect, faulty repairs, or unsafe modifications that violated NYC building codes contributed in any way to the fire, the victims and their surviving family members could hold the building’s owner or management team liable for their injuries and losses.
If you have been injured in a fire or have lost a loved one in an apartment blaze caused by a landlord’s neglect, carelessness, or recklessness, you may have the right to hold them accountable and recover for your pain and suffering, unpaid medical expenses, lost time from and ruined property. Speak with an experienced apartment fire lawyer in New York City today to discuss the details of your case.
Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.