Woman Injured In Englewood, Chicago Apartment Fire
Wrongful Death - November 19, 2023
44-Year-Old Woman Critically Injured In Englewood, Chicago Apartment Fire on west 62nd Place
ENGLEWOOD, ILLINOIS (November 19, 2023) – A woman was critically injured in an Englewood, Chicago apartment fire on West 62nd Place.
Cook County officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Chicago fire officials were called to the scene in order to put out the blaze.
Firefighters located a 44-year-old woman who was extricated from the apartment. She was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition.
A full investigation into the Englewood apartment fire remains ongoing at this time.
Liability for Cook County Apartment Fires
Apartment fires are much more common than many people may realize. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “More than one-quarter (26%) of reported fires in 2015-2019 occurred in homes. Even worse, three-quarters (75%) of civilian fire deaths and almost three-quarters (72%) of all reported injuries were caused by home fires.” A number of different factors could contribute to an apartment fire.
- Most fires are due to cooking accidents.
- Faulty electrical wiring could also lead to a fire.
- Space heaters near flammable sources could also cause a fire.
- Unattended candles may also lead to a fire.
An apartment owner could face civil liability for any apartment fire. Pursuant to Illinois Civil Code (740 ILCS 130/1), property owners must maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. When a property owner has actual or constructive notice of a dangerous condition with their property, they must take action. There are many ways that an apartment owner may have contributed to an apartment fire.
- An apartment owner may have allowed critical building exits to become obstructed.
- An apartment owner may have failed to abide by building safety codes.
- An apartment owner may have made illegal building modifications such as turning basements into units.
- An apartment owner may have failed to perform needed maintenance on the building’s electrical system.
It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any apartment fire. Even in the aftermath of a fire, the physical evidence left behind can help paint a clear picture of what happened. In many situations, apartment fires are due to building defects. Any person that is injured in an apartment fire may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim.
Investigating Chicago Apartment Fires
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the woman injured in this Englewood apartment fire. It is our sincere hope that she is able to make a full recovery. The owners of this apartment should do everything that they can to help prevent similar accidents.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Chicago apartment fire? Our team of premises liability attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into a fire we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.