One person died in an apartment fire in the Bronxwood section of the Bronx. According to a WABC news report, the fire began inside an apartment at 2705 Colden Avenue. The victim, a 23-year-old man was transported to Jacobi Medical Center for smoke inhalation and was pronounced dead. A second person, a 54-year-old woman, has been listed in critical condition after being rescued from the burning building by a firefighter. She also suffered smoke inhalation injuries.
The Fire Marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire, which was confined to a small portion of the brick building. While our hearts go out to the family of the deceased victim and the critically injured woman, we also commend and salute the firefighter who showed exemplary courage and saved the woman’s life.
Fires in Residential Buildings
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), 2,495 people died and 625 were injured in 1,600 fatal residential fires between 2009 and 2011. About $188 million was reported in terms of property loss during this period. Fatal fires in residential buildings also tended to be larger, caused more damage and had higher injury and fatality rates than was reported prior to these years. Most often, residential fires originated in bedrooms or common areas such as living and family rooms.
Smoke Inhalation Injuries
Smoke inhalation injuries can be as dangerous or more lethal than burn injuries. Smoke inhalation occurs when a fire accident victim breathes in substances that burn in the fire. It is interesting to note that 50 to 80 percent of fire accident fatalities are the result of smoke inhalation injuries rather than burns. Smoke inhalation victims may experience various symptoms from cough and shortness of breath to fainting seizures and coma.
Compensation for Injured Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire accident, the experienced New York personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our law firm recovered $975,000 out of a one million dollar insurance policy for victims of a fire. Please contact us TOLL FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). WE CAN EVEN COME TO YOU. There is no attorneys’ fee unless we recover money for you. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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