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Is your landowner liable for your apartment fire?

More than 13,000 people are injured and more than 2,500 people die in residential fires every year. While most of those injuries occur in single-unit homes, what happens when someone is injured or killed in an apartment fire? When is the landowner liable?

Landowners may be liable if:

  • They did not provide working fire alarms / smoke detectors: Landowners must provide working smoke detectors in every unit they rent. If failure to provide a working fire alarm contributes to a resident's injury from a fire, that resident may be able to hold the landowner liable.
  • Their negligence contributed to the fire: If a landowner's actions or inactions contributed to the cause of the fire, he or she can be held liable. For example, did the landowner provide inadequate security, which enabled an arsonist to start a fire? Did the landowner fail to notice that the property was poorly wired?

Determining landowner liability for a fire can be difficult and require extensive evidence. In many cases, you will have to show that the landowner knew there was a dangerous condition on the property or should have known about it and that he or she did nothing to correct it.

In some cases, however, injured parties can hold the landowner liable even if he or she did not know of the dangerous condition. For example, if the landowner did not check the electrical wiring of a property and that wiring caused a fire, he or she can be held liable for negligence.

If you have been injured in a Pennsylvania apartment fire or have lost a loved one to a fire and believe the landowner may be liable, speak with an experienced premises liability attorney.

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