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.
A fire engulfed a Las Vegas, Nevada apartment building early Saturday morning, December 21, 2019, leaving six people dead and thirteen other people injured.
As reported by Fox5Vegas.com, “Las Vegas Fire and Rescue…were called to the Alpine Motel Apartments, located at 213 N. 9th Street, near Stewart Avenue, around 4:13 a.m. on Dec. 21. ”
According to the report, “[i]n total, 13 people were taken to the hospital, including five in critical condition…[o]ne of the people in critical condition was later pronounced dead at the hospital, raising the death toll to six.”
ReviewJournal.com is reporting, “[c]ity records show that the Alpine Motel was the subject of at least eight code enforcement complaints from 2016 through 2018, including complaints about a lack of fire safety equipment.”
The fire remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
As the fire department continues its 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 fires or safety inspections?
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 families of the victims who perished may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their loss. In addition, any injured victims may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their injuries. Financial recovery for such a claim could be substantial.
It is crucial that the victims and the families of those who perished 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 their 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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