Two People Sustained Injuries Following Staten Island Apartment Fire on Park Hill Avenue
STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK (March 17, 2023) – At least two people were injured in a Staten Island apartment fire on 141 Park Hill Avenue not far from Osgood Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the fire was first reported at 9:41 a.m. on Monday. About 60 firefighters were called to the apartments in order to put out the blaze.
The fire initially started on the first floor of the seven story building. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation and other injuries before being taken to the hospital.
Fire Department officials have not yet determined what caused the blaze.
Liability For Staten Island Apartment Fires
Far too many people are killed or seriously injured every year in residential fires. According to Statista, “In 2020, fires in one- and two-family homes accounted for 2,230 fatalities in the United States. In that same year, about 350 civilians died in apartment fires, and 580 civilians died in fires in highway vehicles.” A residential fire could be caused by many different factors.
- Lit candles
- Electrical accidents
- Cooking accidents
Property owners have a legal obligation to maintain their buildings in a reasonably safe condition. This includes being compliant with all NYC fire codes. Failure to maintain a property in a reasonable condition could form the basis of a negligence claim. For example, an apartment may have lacked working smoke detectors. Victims of apartment fires tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Lung damage
- burn injuries
- Cardiac arrest
Any person that is injured in an apartment fire may be able to seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, apartment owners will do everything that they can to deny liability for any fire. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A New York City Apartment Fire
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this fire. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our hope that measures are taken to prevent other incidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Staten Island apartment fire? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.