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New Law Will Prohibit Sale of Smoke Alarms with Replaceable Batteries

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Beginning April 1, stores in New York State will be prohibited under a new law from selling smoke alarms that use replaceable batteries (9 volt or other). According to a news report, stores will be allowed to sell only hard-wired alarms or ones that have a built-in, sealed, 10-year battery. According to Kidde North America, […]

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Faulty Smoke Alarms Were a Factor in Queens Fire That Left 8-year-old Boy Dead

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An 8-year-old boy was killed and at least six others were injured in a Queens fire, which officials said, was caused by a burning candle and lack of working smoke alarms that may have alerted residents. According to a report in The New York Times, the family was not alerted to the fire because the […]

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Two Fatal Fires Claim Three Lives in New York City

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Two separate fires that broke out over the weekend claimed three lives including two young girls, ages 7 and 9, and a 60-year-old paraplegic man in a wheelchair. According to news reports, the first incident occurred the night of Dec. 7 in the basement of a one-story house on East Hampton Boulevard at 56th Avenue […]

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Smoke Inhalation Injuries and Premises Liability

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Smoke inhalation occurs when we breathe in particles and gases discharged during a fire. According to the Burn Institute, more than half of all fire-related fatalities occur due to smoke inhalation. When a victim inhales smoke during a fire, there is the potential for oxygen deprivation as the smoke affects the lungs, causes inflammation and […]

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Five Things to Know about Smoke Inhalation Injuries

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Smoke inhalation occurs when you breathe in harmful, often toxic, smoke from burning materials and gases. In the event of a fire, the smoke inhalation by victims often leads to fatal injuries rather than the burns. This is because the smoke a person inhales in a fire may contain chemicals such as carbon monoxide or […]

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Fire at Trump Tower Leaves One Person Dead, Six Firefighters Injured

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A fire broke out at Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in Manhattan Saturday, April 7, leaving one man dead and six firefighters injured. According to news report, the 67-year-old man who died was a resident of the building’s 50th floor. He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and later died from his […]

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12 People Killed in Deadly Bronx Apartment Fire

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 At least 12 people were fatally injured as a fire swept through an apartment building in the Bronx the evening of Dec. 28. According to news reports, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it the “worst fire tragedy in this city in at least a quarter century.” The victims ranged in age from […]

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14 People Injured in Brooklyn Apartment Building Fire

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 Fourteen people were injured, including several children, in a three-alarm fire that broke out early in the morning on Oct. 16 at an apartment building in Borough Park, Brooklyn. According to a CBS New York news report, as the fire spread through the apartment building and burst through the roof, fire crews had two major […]

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Child Dies in Brooklyn High Rise Fire

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 A 1-year-old boy died and two other adults have suffered critical injuries after a fire at a Brooklyn high-rise building. According to an ABC news report, the boy was pronounced dead in a local hospital. In addition to the two critically injured adults, four other victims were being treated for serious injuries, officials said. The […]

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