Three Alarm Fire at Richmond Hill Causes Injuries

building fire accident lawyerA three-alarm fire at Richmond Hill in Queens left a firefighter and a civilian injured and several people displaced from their homes. According to a QNS news report, the massive fire broke out in the rear of a laundromat at 101-12 108th Street, and rapidly spread to adjoining structures. FDNY officials said they saw “a huge amount of smoke in the sky” as they were on the way. When they arrived at the scene, they found one home and three commercial structures on fire.

Officials said the fire damaged a pub, a Chinese restaurant and a multi-family home. One firefighter and one civilian were transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Fire marshals are still looking into what caused the fire. Inspectors from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued Full Vacate Orders to the laundromat and three other properties since the structures were rendered non-complaint from the fire damage. Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents and businesses that were affected by this fire.

Danger of Structural Fires

According to recent statistics, structural fires remain a significant concern in New York City, impacting both property and lives. Despite advancements in fire safety measures, the city continues to experience a number of these incidents annually. Data indicates that the majority of structural fires occur in residential buildings, posing a considerable risk to occupants and neighboring properties. Factors contributing to these fires vary, including electrical faults, and heating system malfunctions to fires that are caused by lithium-ion batteries such as those present in e-bikes.

Structural fires present a dual hazard: the direct threat of flames as well as the danger of smoke inhalation injuries. The inhalation injuries occur when toxic gases and particles produced during combustion enter the respiratory system. In urban environments like New York City, where buildings are densely packed, the risk is compounded. Smoke inhalation can cause a range of health issues, from irritation and coughing to more severe respiratory distress and even death. It contains a lethal mix of carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and other poisonous gases, often deadlier than the fire itself.

Victims of smoke inhalation injuries may also suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning, leading to lack of consciousness or even death if not promptly treated. Fire safety measures, including early detection systems like smoke alarms, evacuation plans, and proper building design to limit smoke spread, are crucial for reducing the risk of smoke inhalation-related injuries and fatalities during structural fires.

Who Can Be Held Liable?

When a fire or accident at a building is caused by negligence (carelessness) or a lack of proper maintenance, the property owners and/or property managers may be held liable for the injuries and loss of life that occurs. Injured victims or families of deceased victims can file a premises liability claim against the responsible parties including, but not limited to, the property owner, property manager, maintenance/repair company, etc.

Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

Whether you have been living as a tenant at a private apartment complex or in a public housing unit (NYCHA) (the Projects), please remember that you have legal rights. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of dangerous conditions, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys with 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. For over 52 years, our skilled attorneys have established a proven track record of assisting injured victims. One of our clients — a hot water burn victim — secured $750,000 in damages from the property owner and manager.

Our firm also 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 was for a person that we did not represent. Another 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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