The leading causes of apartment and house fires are faulty electrical wiring, defective appliances, malfunctioning boilers and furnaces, and clogged fireplaces. When a house or an apartment burns, occupants may sustain serious and even fatal smoke inhalation and burn injuries. On May 17, an early morning house fire in Edison caused the death of a woman and her four pets.
A woman renting out a space in a Matson Road home owned by a man and his daughter perished in the blaze along with her two cats and two dogs. According to investigators, the fire began just before 8 a.m. and spread to a neighboring house. After firefighters extinguished the fire, they found the woman in the bathroom. Some firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
Another published report said the victim was a waitress and should have been at her job at the time of the fire, but she had been off sick for two weeks. She spent a week in the hospital for treatment for pneumonia and returned home to recover from the illness.
Many charred items collected by the property owners to sell at a flea market were removed from the home. According to the report, a contractor recently worked on the house including electrical work and installing new siding. Authorities are investigating whether the recent work performed in the home played a part in the fire.
House fires don’t just happen. There’s always something that creates them. In most cases of house and apartment fires, someone’s negligence is the cause. Any individual injured in a building fire due to the negligence of other parties is entitled to compensation. However, winning a personal injury or wrongful death claim arising from a building fire is typically not easy. An experienced personal injury attorney will work with engineers and fire origin specialists to determine the cause of the fire and which parties are to be held responsible.