Elderly Boston man killed in first deadly fire of 2012

House and apartment building fires claim the lives of far too many people in Massachusetts each year. Unfortunately, we are barely into the new year and the first deadly fire has already occurred.

Early this morning, a three-alarm fire broke out at an apartment building in Dorchester, killing an elderly man and leaving several others injured.

According to the Boston fire department, firefighters responded to the seven-story apartment building at about 3:40 a.m. It was reported that the fire was isolated to one apartment, where the elderly man was found.

Four other residents of the apartment building had to be taken to a local hospital by Boston Emergency Medical Services for potential smoke inhalation. A firefighter was also taken to the hospital after suffering an arm injury, it was reported.

At this point, officials have not determined the cause of the fire, and they said an investigation will follow. The man’s cause of death will also need to be determined by the state medical examiner’s office.

House and apartment building fires can be caused by a variety of things, including faulty wiring, use of dangerous heaters, shoddy construction techniques and defective appliances.

When one of these things is responsible for a fire, it may be possible for victims to sue those responsible in a personal injury lawsuit.

When it comes to apartment buildings and rental properties, landlords and building owners may also be partly responsible for the fire. If so, they too can sometimes be sued for damages by those who were injured in the fire.

Source: Boston Globe, “Elderly man dies in three-alarm fire in Dorchester, the first fire fatality of the year,” Jan. 3, 2012