A 4-year-old child and a 19-year-old suffered critical burn injuries in a fire that raced through an apartment building in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx early morning on Sunday, June 9. According to a report in the New York Post, the child and teen suffered second- and third-degree burn injuries. The child was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition. Ten other people were also transported to hospitals for treatment of various injuries.
Fire in Trash Compactor
The fire broke out on the 14th floor of a 16-story building in the 700 block of Garden Street, which is part of a federal tax credit subsidized housing complex called Twin Parks. The fire, which originated in a trash compactor and spread to the building hallways, trapped residents on multiple floors, officials said.
One resident who lives on the 15th floor said he and his brother were about to go to bed when they heard screaming for help and saw smoke in the hallways. Some believe fireworks may have triggered the blaze. Some media outlets are reporting that the fire may have been intentionally set.
The FDNY is still looking into what caused the fire. Residents said three floors of the building as well as the roof were on fire. Many people rushed out of their homes out into the cold night, neighbors said. The investigation is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been injured in this fire or has been displaced as a result of this horrific incident.
Injuries Suffered in a Fire
According to Stanford Children’s Health, the majority of fire-related deaths are caused by smoke inhalation and toxic gases produced by fires. Actual flames and burns only account for about 30 percent of fire-related injuries and fatalities. Most fires that kill or injure children are residential fires. The majority of children aged 4 and younger, who are hospitalized for burn-related injuries, suffer from scald burns or contact burns. Fires kill about 500 children aged 14 and under each year. Children in homes without working smoke alarms are at greater risk of fire-related death and injury in the event of a fire. Children aged 5 and under are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than any other age group.
There are three types of burn injuries that are commonly suffered in fires. First-degree burns are the mildest kind and may result in pain and reddening of the outer layer of the skin. Second-degree burn injuries affect the outer and inner layer of the skin. They often cause pain, redness, swelling and blistering. Third-degree burn injuries, which are extremely severe, penetrate the skin and affect tissues and even internal organs. They result in white or blackened, charred skin that may be numb.
Compensation for Injured Victims
In any residential fire, it is important to look into whether there were smoke alarms and fire alarms, sprinklers, etc. present in the home and if they were in working condition. New York City laws require property owners and property managers ensure that these safety devices are not only installed, but also maintained in good condition.
In instances where burn injuries or fatalities occur due to a lack of working smoke alarms or sprinklers etc., the victims or families of deceased victims can file a premises liability claim against the at-fault parties including, but not limited to, the landlord, property owner, property manager, etc. Property owners and/or property managers are responsible for maintaining their properties and ensuring that they are safe for tenants, visitors and guests.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. Our firm obtained a $985,000 settlement out of a $1 million policy for two people who suffered smoke inhalation injuries because the homeowner did not have smoke detectors installed and the $15,000 that was left on the insurance policy for a person that we did not represent. One of our clients recovered $2,500,000 due to a faulty space heater. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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