A 13-year-old girl was killed in a New Jersey house fire as a result of smoke inhalation injuries. According to a report in The News of Cumberland County, the fatal house fire occurred in Bridgeton. Officials say the fire began in the front of the home near the porch and the entrance. The young victim was sleeping on the first floor. The four family members with whom the victim was staying all survived the fire, but the 44-year-old stepfather who attempted to rescue the victim remains hospitalized for his injuries. It is unclear what caused the fire.
Many victims of house fires and apartment fires suffer New Jersey smoke inhalation injuries in addition to thermal injuries. Inhalation injuries occur whenever someone breathes in the fumes from a house fire. The smoke and the noxious products that are being combusted in the fire can cause serious and even fatal damage to the lungs. According to a recent study, 60 to 80 percent of fire-related deaths in the United States result from smoke inhalation injuries. This is why it is crucial that residents of burning buildings get out right away while staying low to lessen the amount of toxic fumes they inhale.
Medscape.com reports that pulmonary injuries are the most common cause of death at burn centers. Surviving victims of these types of injuries are often misdiagnosed or not properly treated because smoke inhalation injuries are internal and not as easy to diagnose as burns. Some smoke inhalation does not even show signs of internal trauma until 24 to 36 hours after the fire.
The fire injury lawyers in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to help victims of burn accidents and their families pursue fair compensation from the at-fault party following a house fire or an apartment fire. If you or someone you love has been injured in a New Jersey house fire, please call us at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case assessment.