Queens, NY – Two Killed, One Hurt in House Fire on 46th St
Queens, NY (April 10, 2023) – Two people lost their lives, and one other suffered injuries in a house fire that happened in the Astoria area of Queens. The incident was reported to fire crews at around 2:21 p.m. on April 10.
EMS, fire crews, and police officers went to the scene of the fire in the 2500 block of 46th Street to help the people involved. Fire crews worked to extinguish heavy flames and rescue anyone stuck in the building.
It took over an hour to get the blaze under control, reports said. Information provided by FDNY officials shows that a child and a young adult lost their lives in the fire, and one other person sustained injuries.
Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the blaze.
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family or families of the deceased victims. We hope for the full and fast recovery of the injured victim.
Structure Fires in New York
Structure fires are the cause of hundreds of fire-related deaths and injuries every year. Anytime a structure burns, its occupants are in danger of sustaining smoke inhalation injuries, thermal burns, and even death. Victims of structure fires also commonly experience injuries due to inhaling toxic chemicals emitted from burning materials inside the structure.
A few of the main causes of structure fires, including apartment, house, and building fires, include:
- Faulty appliances
- Outdated electrical wiring
- Damaged or improperly installed gas lines
- Obstructed chimney flues
- Malfunctioning boilers or furnaces
Along with establishing the fire’s cause, it is also vital to determine if the action or inaction of a third party contributed to either the fire itself or to the occupants’ ability to safely flee the structure.
Some of the factors a New York fire injury attorney will investigate are:
- Whether the property owner complied with building and fire codes
- Whether proper fire safety equipment was present
- Whether vents and fireplaces were adequately maintained
- Whether exits and fire escapes were available and functioning properly
- Whether fire doors were used
- Whether smoke detectors were tested, installed, and working
- Whether firewalls were in place and properly built
In the event that a fire or the inability to react safely to one was the result of the action or inaction of a third party, a victim with a fire-related injury could have a valid claim against the negligent person or entity.
It is not uncommon for people to fall victim to disastrous accidents arising from the careless actions of building managers, property owners, landlords, contractors, and product manufacturers. When this happens, the appropriate response may be to file a legal claim against the at-fault party.
Reach out to our fire injury attorneys in Queens at (800) 460-6476 to see how we can help you.