Bronx Apartment Fire Leaves 23 People Injured; Blaze May Have Started In Furniture and Mattresses Store
BRONX, NEW YORK (January 2, 2017) – A Seven-Alarm Bronx apartment fire that left 23 people injured appears to have started in a furniture and mattresses store by East Tremont Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue.
Long Island Police are still working to determine the source of the Bronx apartment fire inside the furniture and mattresses store.
Fire and thick smoke filled the building and forced residents out in the early morning hours.
Firefighters rushed to the scene of the Bronx apartment fire in order to treat those that were injured.
Erica Ortiz told news reporters that she was unable to escape through the fire escape because it was bolted in.
An investigation into the blaze remains ongoing.
LIABILITY IN APARTMENT FIRES
A building owner has a responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe environment for the guests that come to visit. When a business owner fails to provide a reasonably safe environment and there is a fire, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries. A fire can start for numerous reasons including electrical malfunctions, untended heating sources and stove-tops. In addition to negligence with regard to the origin of a fire, there may be negligence with respect to how an apartment is set up. Windows should not be bolted in and exits should be free from obstacles. There should be smoke detectors, fire escapes and clearly labeled exit signs which lead out of the building.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to learn about the tragic seven-alarm apartment fire that injured nearly two dozen people in the Bronx. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that have been affected. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened in order to prevent similar tragedies.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in an apartment fire, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced premises liability attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.