Fire Department May Be Liable for Household Members’ Deaths

Fire Department May Be Liable for Household Members’ Deaths



The administrator of an estate of four family members who died in an apartment fire sued the local PHA and the fire department for negligence. The apartment had only a single point of ingress and egress, namely, a second-floor door that opened onto a porch and an external staircase. Because the building lacked fire escapes, the only means of leaving the apartment was through that door.

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