A fire that ripped through a high-rise apartment building in Rego Park on Jan. 13, 2019, claimed the life of one resident and left many others with serious injuries.
The fire got underway just before 11:40 p.m. on a Saturday night at the multi-story 62nd Ave. apartment building in the Queens neighborhood.
A spokesperson with the Fire Department of New York notes that firefighters immediately entered the building upon their arrival. They climbed the stairs to make sure that all residents were aware of the fire and were evacuated from the building safely.
When they arrived at the fifth floor, the smoke was particularly heavy due to an active fire. They determined that this must have been where the blaze got underway.
By the time firefighters came close to doing extinguishing the fire, they had located a 51-year-old woman inside of one of the floor’s apartments. She was transported to Elmhurst Hospital suffering from severe smoke inhalation and passed away soon after her arrival there.
Firefighters also came across three other residents who were trapped by the fire on the fifth floor of the apartment building. They were all transported to Booth Memorial Hospital but are all expected to survive.
Investigators haven’t yet determined what may have caused the fire. In many instances, it can be building conditions that lead to apartment fires. If so, the liability for any damages and injuries will fall on the property owner’s shoulders under premises liability laws.
When you’ve been seriously hurt or lost a loved one to a sudden event such as a fire, you may be at a loss on how to move forward. An experienced and compassionate personal injury attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.