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Recent Home Fires In Philadelphia–Are There Any Legal Remedies?


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4/16/2014
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There seems to have been several house and/or apartment fires in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs reported in the media recently.

On March 22, 2014, there was a fire in a North Philadelphia home that forced three people out of their homes.  Investigators say that the fire started on the first floor of the home and traveled across the roof of the porch and into neighboring homes.  Fortunately, there were no injuries.  Source: www.abcgolocal.com (3 displaced after house fire in North Philadelphia)

Earlier this year in January, a father and his son were tragically killed in their home in Northeast Philadelphia due to a fire.  Source: www.nbcphiladelphia.com (Father, Son Killed in Northeast Philly House Fire).  According to officials, the father and son were hoarders, and the amount of things caused the fire to burn intensely in the home.

In February, an elderly couple died in a fire in a two-story row house in Kingsessing, Philadelphia. The couple apparently died from smoke inhalation.  According to investigators, there were plenty of fire hazards in the home.  There were several electrical heaters in the home.  *Source: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com (Elderly Couple Dies In Kingsessing House Fire)

All of the causes of these fires are under investigation.  The families of the injured and deceased are all likely eager to discover the cause of the fires and want to know whether these fires could have been prevented.

In the case of a house fire where there were space heaters, if the space heaters were defective, they may been the cause of the fire.  Many space heaters have been recalled recently due to fire and burn hazards. Earlier this year, about 31,000 Duraflame electric space heaters were recalled because the heaters can overheat and cause the unit to melt, catch fire and set fire to nearby objects.

What To Do If Injured By A Recalled Product?

If a house fire and injury to residents are caused by a defective electrical heater, the company that makes the electrical heaters may be responsible for the house fire and injury to the residents.  If consumers properly used the space heater according to the instruction manual and the fire was caused by some design defect, then injured residents may recover damages from the company by filing a products liability lawsuit or a dangerous products claim.  Some of the damages injured residents may recover are:

  • medical expenses,
  • lost wages, and
  • pain and suffering.

Related Dangerous Product Case Result: Products Liability Case Settles Favorably For A Client Injured By A Defective Blender

If you were injured by a recalled dangerous product, call the personal injury lawyers at White and Williams.  Daniel J. O’Brien, a personal injury lawyer, is well versed in products liability law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Call 877.944.8396 to schedule a FREE legal consultation.



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