Two People Killed In Lowville Apartment House Fire on South State Street
LOWVILLE, NEW YORK (December 1, 2019) – Two people have tragically died in an apartment house fire that took place at 7525 South State Street.
New York police officials are saying that the fire began overnight and was put out around 8:00 a.m. Sunday. When fire fighters arrived they found one man standing on his front porch roof.
That person was rescued by fire fighters and taken to the Lewis County General Hospital for smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, firefighters also discovered two victims upstairs who died in the fire.
Police are labeling the fire suspicious, though they have not revealed any evidence of criminal involvement at this time. An investigation into the apartment fire remains ongoing.
Liability In Lowville Apartment Fires
According to the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, “Between 2010-2014, there were 107,800 apartment fires, causing 410 deaths, 4,280 injuries and $1.2 million in property damage.” Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner in order to prevent forseeable sources of harm. This may include installing smoke detectors, performing periodic maintenance on appliances and keeping exits unobstructed.
The family of any victim that died in an apartment fire may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, funeral expenses, loss of love and emotional distress. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating a Lowville Apartment Fire
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our deepest condolences to the family of the victims that died in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. As personal injury attorneys and consumer safety advocates it is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional incidents like this.