One resident and one firefighter were injured in a fire recently that involved nearly a dozen apartments and two businesses. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the apartment fire occurred on Ferry Street in Newark. The Estrela Da Beira Supermarket and Continental Hardware were the two businesses damaged in the fire. The two injuries suffered were related to smoke inhalation and neither appears to be life threatening. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
According to a 2009 report by the Division of Fire Safety, 71 civilians and two firefighters were killed in fires. During that same year, 717 firefighters and 432 civilians were injured during a fire. A total of 29,625 fires were reported throughout the state that year alone.
Anytime injuries are suffered in a house fire, it must be determined what caused the fire and if the property owner was negligent in anyway. This is relevant because if the property owner failed to take steps to prevent the fire from occurring, and therefore the injuries suffered, injured victims may file a premises liability claim against them.
Forms of property owner negligence relating to fires include a failure to build to code, failure to install and monitor fire alarms, failure to provide fire extinguishers or sprinklers, and a failure to make sure the electrical wiring in the building is safe. When a fire is directly linked to a property owner’s negligence, the injured victims may pursue financial compensation for their losses through civil litigation.
The experienced personal injury attorneys in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of helping those who have been injured due to another person’s negligence. We help our clients receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries, damages, and losses. Call our law offices today at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation.