Grenfell Tower was engulfed in a blaze of fire and some feel the owners are to blame
The recent tragedy in a London high rise apartment building shocked the world when at least 30 people were killed in a fire. According to one news report, dozens more people are still missing. Grenfell Tower, the 120-unit apartment building that burned, was home to approximately 600 people.
The fire occurred in the west London neighborhood of North Kensington, and some have suggested the deaths could rise as high as 100 once investigators have completed their search efforts.
The fire required 200 firefighters to get the blaze under control, and it took 24 hours for crews to put out the last of the fire. Several residents jumped from the tower in desperation when they were left with no way to exit the building. In some cases, rescuers were forced to catch children who were thrown from windows by terrified parents.
Some who have spoken to the press have speculated that the building didn’t attract attention for potential safety hazards because most of the residents were poor. One report states that a tenant group in the building had raised concerns for years without results.
Landlord Premises Liability
The British press has also reported that hundreds of protesters have gathered to demand justice after the fire. Protesters have also filled local town halls, demanding answers.
Landlords and property owners have a legal duty to make sure their buildings and properties are free from hazards. And when a tenant raises a safety concern to a landlord or property owner, they have an obligation to investigate it. If they discover an issue, they must repair it as quickly as possible. If a safety issue is possibly life-threatening, they must pay for the tenant to temporarily relocate until the issue can be fixed.
Although the investigation involving Grenfell Tower will likely take weeks, if not months, it’s quite possible the building was unsafe. It is shocking to see a high rise building burn so quickly, with such devastating damage, with so many lives lost — especially in the heart of one of the world’s most developed countries and major cities.
Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyer Discusses Apartment Building Safety
Philadelphia premises liability lawyer Joel J. Kofsky states, “When most people think of premises liability, they think of a slip and fall injury on another person’s property. However, premises liability can encompass a variety of injuries, including injuries that occur due to a landlord’s negligence or failure to repair a potentially hazardous defect in an apartment unit, building, common area, elevator, or stairwell.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in an apartment building, high rise, or any other property owned by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Don’t wait to speak to an experienced lawyer about your options. Contact a Philadelphia premises liability lawyer right away to discuss your case.