Sturbridge Woman Killed in Accidental Apartment Fire

An apartment fire at 16 Fairgrounds Road in Sturbridge caused fatal injuries to an elderly woman who lived there. The fire occurred on April 22 and was caused by a microwave oven. Sturbridge Woman Killed in Accidental Apartment Fire

Fire officials further discovered that the apartment lacked an operable smoke detector. Firefighters immediately transported her to the hospital but she later died.

The Worcester County District Attorney’s office will release the name of the victim at a later date.

State and local fire officials are working with the building’s owner to ensure that each apartment has an operable smoke detector with functioning back-up batteries.

Apartment Fire Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Apartment building owners in Massachusetts are legally obligated in various ways to make sure that their renters are safe from fire accidents. A landlord can be liable for injuries or death if a tenant is burned or killed by equipment in the building or inoperable safety equipment does not prevent safe escape.

The manufacturer of the faulty equipment may also be liable if the defect is what caused the fire injury or death. Liability can extend to the retailer and even distributor of the faulty equipment, like a defective smoke alarm. In a Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuit resulting from an apartment fire, it is important to hire an attorney knowledgeable about the complicated process of assigning fault where numerous parties may be involved.

The experienced legal team of the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman will work hard to win compensation for your family after a wrongful death. Call the attorneys today at (617) 367-2900.

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