Could the deaths from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
An apartment fire in Kansas City, MO early Monday morning, July 25, 2022, tragically claimed two lives.
As reported by KSHB.com, “[e]mergency crews responded to the fire just before 4:30 a.m. on July 25 at [Apartments located at] 5056 N. Oak Trafficway. Smoke and fire was showing from the building. After around 10 minutes, crews backed out of the building due to safety, and combated the fire from the exterior.”
According to the report, “the fire was started outside of the building, and rose through all three floors.”
KMBC.com is reporting, “[o]ne of the victims in the July 25 fire has been identified as 20-year-old Aiden Ayers. His death has been ruled a homicide. The second victim has not been identified yet, and a ruling on their death has not yet come down from the medical’s examiner’s office. One other person suffered minor burns.”
Fire inspectors continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
Our Legal Take
As authorities continue their investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of fire safety measures at the complex may have contributed to this incident.
- What fire safety measures, such as working smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and emergency exits, were in place and working at the time of the fire?
- When was the last fire inspection performed on the property?
- Were any safety measures added after any previous inspections?
- Was the property owner aware of any inadequate fire safety measures present prior to the fire?
As details of this fire continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the apartment complex failed to undertake proper safety measures to protect those residents and guests legally on the premises. Under certain State law, the owner and management company of an apartment complex have a duty to protect residents and to keep the premises safe. If the owner or manager fails in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths that occur as a consequence. Should the apartment complex be found at fault, the family of Aiden Ayers may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their loss and suffering.
As insurance companies and unscrupulous property owners are often concerned with limiting their financial exposure in these incidents, it is crucial that the family of Aiden Ayers and any victims retain an experienced premises liability firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as a faulty fire alarm or a poor evacuation plan, is preserved and the families best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in premises liability and apartment negligence cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
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