Bronx, NY (January 13, 2021) – On Tuesday morning, January 12, twelve people were severely injured in an apartment fire in the Bronx.
Police confirmed that the fire initially broke out and was reported in the early morning hours inside an apartment at the Sotomayor Houses on Rosedale Avenue. The incident took place in a fourth-floor unit. The fire quickly spread, charring multiple areas of the apartment building.
Paramedics were dispatched to the scene of the incident and treated injured parties after fire crews rescued them. A total of 12 victims were injured as a result of the fire, with four being taken to the hospital in critical condition. Two of the victims were identified as firefighters and one of the critically injured is a 4-year-old boy.
Fire marshals have since determined that the fire was started by a battery in an electric scooter. They have also said that a smoke alarm was not working at the time.
No further details have been released but the investigation continues.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Apartment Fires in New York
New York is no stranger to structural fires, which is a state where more fires start than many other states in the U.S. Fires start in areas that are both residential and commercial. In one recent year’s time in the entirety of New York, over 27,000 fires took place due to the recklessness of others. Being injured in a fire can impact your life in many ways, which is why you should always turn to the help of an accident attorney in your time of need.
Nobody is ever fully prepared to face the aftermath of a New York fire but this is the reality that thousands of victims face every single year. Some of the most common and life-altering injuries that occur as a result of these incidents include smoke inhalation and burn injuries. Many victims will spend time in the hospital and miss out on time in the workplace following a fire that is not their fault. If you have sustained injuries in a fire and you are unsure about where you can turn, it is important that you speak with a New York personal injury attorney who has your best interests in mind.
Our New York accident attorneys at Miller, Montiel & Strano have diligently assisted those injured in house and apartment fires over the years. We understand how difficult it can be to face the aftermath of a fire that is not your fault. Our attorneys will help you work toward compensation for a wide array of financial options. If you have been harmed in a fire that was caused by another party, please contact an accident attorney in New York at 516-484-4010 to find out how we can help you.
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