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Apartment Fire Forces Six People to Jump Out Third Story Window

October 01, 2015

Recently, a fire in Clayton County engulfed an apartment complex and required six residents, including a pregnant woman and young children, to evacuate out a third story window. Police have concluded that the fire was the result of arson. Officials report that there was an altercation with an owner of one of the units that ultimately resulted in a fire being set at the front door of the unit. The fire quickly spread to several units and required emergency action, according to WSB TV.

Several people jumped from one story windows, but a few women and children had to jump out of a third story window. They were loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital for observation. Some visitors to the complex stepped in to assist the pregnant woman and young children make the treacherous jump. Thankfully, all injuries were non-life-threatening.

Fires and Premises Liability Cases

Fires cause thousands of injuries and a number of deaths each year. Fires also inflict millions of dollars of damages at properties across the United States. While some fires are the result of pure accident or the intentional actions of another, like the recent Clayton County arson, other fire deaths and injuries result from the negligent actions of property owners or managers. Owners who fail to ensure that their properties were adequately protected against fire or that proper safety measures were put in place should be held accountable for the damages that result.

If you have been injured in a fire, it is imperative that you contact a licensed premises liability attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will investigate the fire and assess whether it arose or your injuries occurred due to negligence. Common causes of fires include faulty electrical wiring, natural gas leaks and outlets that do not function properly. In each of these instances, the property owner could be held accountable for the fire damages that result. Even if the fire did not arise out of clear negligence, the failure to take proper safety measures to contain the spread of the fire and allow for safe evacuation could also be grounds for liability.

The victims of a house, hotel, apartment building or other structure fire could seek compensation for their damages stemming from the fire, which often include extensive medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Fire victims can experience serious burns that often require continued medical care as well as skin grafts or other surgeries to restore the skin to its prior state. You will need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight to see that you obtain full compensation for all of your current and future damages stemming from the fire.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Georgia Premises Liability Attorneys Protecting the Injured

If you have been injured on the property of another due to an accident that might have involved negligence, the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our firm has over 39 years of experience in the industry and we accept cases across Georgia and in the Southeast. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery for your injuries. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Personal Injury

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