Child Killed in Philadelphia House with No Smoke Alarms

A 4-year-old boy was killed and two teenagers were injured in a Philadelphia fire that remains under investigation. According to WPVI, the fatal house fire occurred on Herman Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia the afternoon of July 2, 2011. A teenage boy and girl were able to escape from the second floor of the home by jumping onto a tree but the 4-year-old boy could not get out. Firefighters extinguished the fire in 20 minutes and they found the boy unconscious and badly burned. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it has been reported that the home had no working fire alarms.

The report goes on to say that 26 people have been killed in Philadelphia fires this year. Last year at this same time, 17 people had been killed in Philadelphia fires. According to a report in The Philadelphia Daily News, 201 people were injured and 33 were killed in Philadelphia fires in the year 2009. In an attempt to limit the number of fatal fires, Philadelphia firefighters installed 16,000 smoke alarms for free in 2009.

Whenever someone is injured in an apartment or home fire, it must be determined what caused the fire and if the necessary precautions were taken. Property owners are required to provide fire extinguishers and fire alarms that are in good working condition. Buildings should be built to code and residents should have multiple escape options.

If you have been injured or if you have lost one in a fire as a result of someone else’s negligence, the experienced Philadelphia injury attorneys at Anapol Weiss can help. Call our offices right away at 1-866-735-2792 to discuss your legal rights and options.

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