Manhattan, NY – Three Hurt in Structure Fire on Paladino AveNY/NJ Legal News
Manhattan, NY (April 24, 2023) – A fire was reported in the area of East Harlem, Manhattan, on the afternoon of April 24. Fire crews were dispatched to the incident scene at approximately 12:49 p.m.
Reports show the blaze happened in a seven-story apartment building on Paladino Avenue. Firefighters found three people at the scene who sustained injuries due to the fire. The extent of those injuries has not been reported at this time.
Authorities in Manhattan continue to investigate the details of the incident. No further information has been reported concerning the fire or its circumstances.
We hope for the full and fast recovery of those with injuries.
New York Structure Fires
Fire departments across the country respond to hundreds of thousands of building fires each year. Approximately 354,000 structure fires are reported annually in the United States. Despite the location of a fire, it may prove to be a danger to every person involved. Those who are hurt in large fires often suffer from burns of varying degrees and smoke inhalation. On average, approximately 2,600 individuals end up losing their lives due to injuries they sustain in structure fires in the United States each year. +
When you consider that roughly 81% of fire-related casualties within the United States occur in houses, hotels, and apartments, it is evident that residential fire prevention is a major public safety problem. The leading cause of fatal residential fires is tobacco products that were not properly disposed of. Appliances used for cooking, such as grills, hot plates, and stoves, are the primary cause of serious burn injuries in residential fires.
Some of the most common causes of New York structure fires include:
- Outdated electrics
- Faulty appliances
- Improperly installed or cracked gas lines
- Defective furnaces/boilers
- Blocked chimney flues
- Negligence of building occupants
After a residential fire, it is vital to figure out whether the behavior of a third party helped cause the fire or if their action or inaction hindered a resident’s ability to safely flee the premises.
Some commonly seen elements investigated by a Manhattan burn injury lawyer include:
- If the property owner/manager adhered to up-to-date fire and safety protocols
- Fireplaces/vents were satisfactorily maintained
- Proper fire safety tools and supplies
- Fire doors were in working condition
- Fire escapes and exits were able to be utilized
- Firewalls were correctly positioned and built
- Smoke detectors were properly functioning
If it is determined that a third party contributed to the cause or inability of a building occupant to safely leave the premises or the inability of fire crews to access the building to safely put the fire out, you may have a legitimate claim against the negligent individual/entity.
Reach out to our fire injury attorneys in New York at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.