Jersey City, NJ – One Killed, One Hurt in Stegman Ave House FireNY/NJ Legal News
Jersey City, NJ (July 10, 2023) – A man tragically lost his life in a house fire that left one other person injured, according to authorities. It happened on Stegman Avenue in Jersey City on Monday morning, July 10th.
Officials say that the fire began on the first floor of the residence and quickly spread up from there. One female inside the house at the time reportedly jumped from a second-story window to escape the flames.
Multiple crews, including police, firefighters, and EMTs, arrived at the scene to provide assistance and removed a male resident from the second floor. The man was transported to a nearby hospital, but he succumbed to injuries a short time later.
The woman who fled from the window was reported by a neighbor to be limping and covered in blood. She was taken to a local medical center, where she is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
At this time, the victims have only been identified as a 20-year-old and a 55-year-old. No further details are presently available concerning the victims or the cause of the fire.
Authorities with the prosecutor’s office are actively investigating the events that led to the incident.
We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and family members of the deceased victim. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their loved ones in hopes of their full recovery.
Fatal House Fires in New Jersey
Residential fires sadly cause hundreds of fatalities and injuries each year. Whenever a structure burns, the occupants are in severe danger of suffering thermal burns, smoke inhalation, or even death. Victims of house fires also often experience serious injuries from breathing in toxic chemicals that are commonly emitted from burning structures.
Some of the main causes of residential fires include:
- Faulty appliances
- Lithium batteries
- Old wiring
- Damaged gas lines
- Obstructed chimney flues
- Malfunctioning heating equipment
While establishing the cause of a fire, it is equally crucial to find out if the action or inaction of another party either caused or inhibited the occupants’ ability to flee the residence.
Some factors that a New Jersey burn injury attorney will investigate include:
- Compliance of the property owner with building and fire codes
- The presence of proper fire safety equipment
- Adequacy and maintenance of vents and fireplaces
- The availability and function of exits and fire escapes
- The proper use of fire doors
- Whether smoke detectors were installed, working, and frequently tested
- The proper construction of firewalls
If any violations of these basic safety measures occurred, a victim with a burn injury or a person who lost a loved one due to a fire could have a claim against the negligent party.
Many people fall victim to accidents caused by the careless actions of property owners, building managers, contractors, product manufacturers, and negligent landlords. When this occurs, the response may be to file a legal claim. Contact a fire injury attorney in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can assist you today.