An early morning fire in the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood on March 20 left 10 area residents and a firefighter with serious injuries. At least 20 of them were ultimately displaced because of the damage that the fire caused.
A spokesperson with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) notes that the fire got underway in the basement of a row home located along Menahan Street shortly before 5:00 a.m. In speaking with witnesses, fire investigators have preliminarily determined that a malfunctioning boiler may have caused the turmoil that ensued.
Of the 10 people who were reported as injured in the blaze, one of them is the owner of the home where the fire got underway. He apparently went down into the basement to check on the malfunctioning boiler and witnessed a fire around it. He attempted to douse it with a bucket of water, but when he said that a small explosion occurred when he did.
Although he had suffered injuries, he ran upstairs and warned the 20 people who resided in the building of the fire. He instructed them all to evacuate. Chaos soon ensued as everyone started breaking windows to help the smoke escape the building and to get out themselves.
An FDNY spokesperson notes that of the 10 residents who were injured, some were kids. All reportedly suffered from smoke inhalation. Some may have been physically injured as well. They note that none of them are at risk of losing their life.
If you're involved in a fire, car crash or slip and fall that results in you getting hurt, then you're not always entitled to file a lawsuit in your case. You are, however, able to do so if you can prove the incident occurred due to someone else's negligence. A personal injury attorney can help you determine if any wrongdoing resulted in you getting hurt.