A 4-year-old boy and his 3-year-old sister were critically injured in a Brooklyn fire. According to a WABC news report, the fire broke out in the master bedroom of a second floor apartment in Brownsville. Two older children were able to make it out safely as did residents from other units. Firefighters had to rescue these two younger children who were apparently overcome by smoke. Both were unconscious when they were pulled to safety. Both children are said to be in stable condition. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), between 2009 and 2011, an estimated 1,600 fatal fires in residential buildings were reported to U.S. fire departments each year and caused an estimated 2,495 deaths, 625 injuries and $188 million in property loss. Fatal fires in residential buildings tended to be larger, caused more damage and had higher injury rates than nonfatal fires in residential buildings. Also, the leading areas of fire origin in residential buildings were bedrooms (26 percent) and common areas such as living and family rooms (23 percent). Also, 79 percent of fatal fires in residential buildings extended beyond the room of the fire’s origin.
The Dangers of Smoke Inhalation
Smoke inhalation injuries occur when a victim breathes in products of combustion during a fire. Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death related to fires. About 50 to 80 percent of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries rather than burn injuries. There are a number of signs and symptoms of smoke inhalation including cough, shortness of breath, hoarseness, headache and acute changes in mental status. Confusion, fainting, seizures and coma are all potential serious complications of smoke inhalation.
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 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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