First Quarter of 2023 Sees A String of Serious Fire Accident Cases By Michael Joseph on January 25, 2023

BROOKLYN FIRE 

Tragedy struck Brooklyn on Sunday as a fatal fire engulfed an occupied apartment building, taking the life of one 13-year-old boy and injuring five more. Three firefighters were among those hurt in the blaze which broke out around 10:30 am at 129 Snyder Ave., near E 35th St in East Flatbush—sparking investigations into its cause.  Our experienced NYC fire accident attorneys know that human error is among the most common causes of fires and injuries and death in fires.

WESTCHESTER FIRE 

The devastating fire that occurred recently in Northern Westchester County that resulted in the collapse of the property.  Multiple tankers and a total of over 100 firefighters from across Westchester County responded to the scene, doing their best in spite of the limited water supply and windy conditions. The fire was brought under control by early morning on Monday, Jan. 16, after hours of hard work.The home sustained severe damage and part of the structure collapsed. 

Meanwhile, local authorities continue to investigate what exactly happened that night at Montrose. These findings will be shared with the public once they are concluded.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF FIRES 

Fires are one of the most destructive and dangerous events that can occur in a home or business. Knowing the most common causes of fires is an important first step to preventing them from happening and after the our experienced NYC fire injury lawyers know that determining the cause of a fire is the lynchpin to proving who was at fault for the fire. The most common causes of fires include faulty wiring, unattended flame sources such as candles and cigarettes, poor ventilation around appliances, flammible vapors coming in contact with ingition sources, smoking in bed, overloaded electrical outlets, space heaters too close to combustible materials, and accidental ignition of flammable liquids.  Too often building owners allow work electrical work to be done by unlicensed maintenance workers without the supervision of a licensed electrician, which results in work that is sub-par and which is dangerous because it falls below the minimum code standards. 

Additionally, having a working smoke alarm and an escape plan can help improve the likelihood that everyone exits a building safely in the event of a fire. In fact, New York City and most local Westchester, Rockland and Long Island Codes require working smoke alarms. This alerts residents of a building additional time to exit the building and get to safety before the fire spreads. 

These recent fires serves as a reminder of how important it is for those who own and manage property, including apartment buildings to take preventive steps against potential fire hazards.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2020 there were an estimated 1,319,500 reported fires in the U.S., resulting in 3,712 deaths and 16,600 injuries. Fires are a serious threat that can cause extensive property damage and loss of life if not prevented or contained quickly. Taking the time to be aware of fire hazards is essential for keeping yourself and your family safe from harm.

CAN FIREFIGHTERS SUE IF THEY ARE INJURED FIGHTING A FIRE 

Our White Plains and NYC Firefighter injury laywers know that firefighter who get hurt on the job while fighting a fire can sue if any violation of law caused their injury directly or indirectly. Filing a New York general obligations law 205 firefighter injury lawsuit allows the injured firefighter to obtain compensation for their pain, suffering, injuries and disabilities caused by a violation of law. While the process may seem intimidating, our knowledgeable NYC firefighter injury attorneys can provide you with guidance every step of the way. Our team will assess your situation and advise you on your legal rights and options so that you can make informed decisions about how to proceed. We are committed to fighting for our clients to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries. With our experience in navigating New York's complex legal system and advocating for victims' rights, we are confident in our ability to secure successful outcomes for those affected by the wronfgufl acts of those who violate the law. Contact us today to learn more about New York general obligations law 205 firefighter injury lawsuits

 

Our Westchester and NYC fire accident lawyers have been called in on numberous fire accident cases to hold negligent property owners and other individual who caused fires responsible for the damage they caused.  

 

  

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