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 building fire in Waukesha, WI early Tuesday morning, March 8, 2022, tragically claimed two lives.
As reported by Fox6Now.com, “[t]he fire broke out at a four-unit multi-family residence near Lambeth and Haymarket… Investigators said the fire started around 1:30 a.m. ”
According to the report, “[i]n total, the fire department treated and transported five patients, three men and two women, to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Two of those individuals later died as a result of their injuries. Three others are recovering from injuries.”
WISN.com is reporting, “Kevin McQuade, 50, died Tuesday from burns he suffered in the fire. His wife, Kim McQuade, died Wednesday from her burn injuries.”
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 building 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 building 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 building be found at fault, the families of Kevin McQuade and Kim McQuade may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their loss and suffering. I addition, any injured victims may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their injuries 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 families of the families of Kevin McQuade and Kim McQuade and any injured 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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