Could the deaths and injuries from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: According to KXL.com, “[t]he victims were identified on Wednesday afternoon as Robert Gremillion and Seth Thompson, both 31.”
An apartment fire in Portland, Oregon early Sunday morning, July 4, 2021, tragically claimed two lives and injured multiple others.
As reported by KXL.com, the apartment fire happened “at the Heidi Manor Apartments near Northeast 22nd and Weidler in Portland around 3:30am on Sunday morning.”
According to the report, “[t]he apartment complex is made up of three separate buildings. The fire destroyed all but one.”
KGW.com is reporting, “[t]wo people died and several others were injured, as 120 firefighters tried to put out the blaze and save lives.”
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 families of Robert Gremillion and Seth Thompson may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their loss and suffering. In addition, any injured victims may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their injuries.
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 Robert Gremillion and Seth Thompson 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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