On the afternoon of July 30, 2014, a fast-moving fire ripped through the Wakefield section of the Bronx, spreading from one residence and then to two others next door.
Neighbors first called 911 around 1:55 p.m. when they noticed white smoke coming from a nearby house in. Multiple people were seen escaping from the enflamed residences, including several children. An elderly woman was heroically assisted by neighbors as they were able to escort her away from her engulfed home.
Witnesses report that the raging flames soon jumped from the originating house to the house next door, and then on to a third house. It was not until 3:35 p.m. that the FDNY was able to contain the insatiable flames.
According to the FDNY, the fire spread from a house located at 4519 Hill Ave. to the two-story residential houses at 4515 and 4523 Hill Ave. In total, thirteen people were injured, including 11 brave firefighters, one of whom was seriously burned, but is currently in non-critical condition. The source of the fire is still under investigation.
Approximately 85% of all fire-related deaths are in residential homes. These type of residential fires can result from many circumstances including the negligence of landlords, smoke-detector failures, defective heating equipment, defective cooking equipment, defective electrical products, negligent utility repairs, and much more.
Victims of fires may be entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, disfigurement, the loss of past and future earnings, disability, rehabilitation services, pain & suffering, psychological suffering, and much more.
If you or loved one have been a victim of a fire, burn, or smoke inhalation, contact an experienced personal injury attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC, to help ensure that your legal rights are protected and that your best interests are represented.