Three People Injured In Senior Living Facility Apartment Fire In Irving Park
Unsafe Premises - January 11, 2023
Three People Injured In Irving Park Apartment Fire At West Byron Senior Living Facility
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 11, 2022) – Three women were injured in an Irving Park apartment fire at the West Byron senior living facility on West Byron Street.
Cook County police officials are saying that the fire began shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The fire spread quickly in one of the units before it was put out by firefighters.
Three women required hospitalization. One of the women was listed in grave condition. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.
Liability For Irving Park Apartment Fires
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured every year in fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “Annually, from 2017 to 2019, an estimated 11,650 civilian fire injuries resulted from 7,200 residential building fires resulting in injuries. ” There are a number of steps property owners should take to prevent residential fires.
- Apartments should have working smoke detectors.
- Apartment exits should be unobstructed by debris, furniture or boxes.
- Apartments should have a sprinkler system.
Property owners must do everything that they can to protect residents from fires. Pursuant to Illinois Civil Code (740 ILCS 130/), property owners have a legal duty to use reasonable care to maintain their property in a safe condition. If a property owner failed to take corrective action to remedy a dangerous condition, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any residential fire.
- The source of the blaze should be determined.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any fire. Burn injuries may require many expensive surgeries. Even simply inhaling smoke can seriously compromise a person’s health. It is important that accident victims understand that they do have rights. They have the ability to seek damages through a civil claim if that is what they choose.
Investigating A Chicago Apartment Fire
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to all of the women injured in this apartment fire at the West Byron Place Senior Apartment Community. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other incidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an Irving Park apartment fire? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.