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Oakland California Warehouse Fire Injury Case

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A devastating fire swept through an Oakland warehouse Saturday night, killing at least 30 people and injuring many more. At the time of the fire, people were dancing on the second floor of the structure, while artisans were working in their studios on the second floor. An Oakland California warehouse fire lawyer notes that the family members of the fire victims can consider pursuing wrongful death claims.

The Quick Start of the Oakland California Warehouse Fire

The creative director of the arts collective that occupied the warehouse reported that about 70 people were enjoying music in the building when the fire broke out. He indicated that almost no time elapsed between the reporting of the fire to the building becoming engulfed in deadly flames. People were left with almost no time to escape the flames and many perished before they had the opportunity to vacate the premises.

Cause of the Oakland California Warehouse Fire

At this early time, no official statement has been made by authorities regarding the cause of the Oakland California Warehouse Fire. There is discussion that the fire may have started because of faulty wiring or problems with the electrical system at the warehouse

The creative director of the arts collective told the media that he and others using space in the building have been in contact with the owner for over a year about issues with the electrical system. These individuals evidently expressed concern over the wiring and electrical system posing a real danger. Occupants of the warehouse state that the owner took no action to rectify the situation with the potentially dangerous wiring.

No Sprinkler System

The warehouse evidently was required to maintain a sprinkler system in the building. The owner was on notice of this requirement and the lack of a sprinkler system. In fact, fire department personnel and investigators at the scene, together with occupants of the warehouse who survived the fire, unequivocally state there were no sprinklers in the building.

Non-Functioning Fire Extinguishers

Making the situation even worse, the one fire extinguisher an occupant of the warehouse was able to find did not work. In an occupied building like the destroyed warehouse, the owner and landlord legally needed to maintain a certain number of functional and appropriately inspected fire extinguishers.

Oakland California Warehouse Fire Wrongful Death Case

Family members of the victims of the Oakland California warehouse fire may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.

Family members that may be able to pursue an Oakland California warehouse fire wrongful death claim include:

  • spouses
  • children
  • parents
  • siblings

An Oakland California Warehouse fire lawyer at The Doan Law Office is available immediately to discuss a wrongful death claim and can be reached 24 hours a day at (800) 349-0000.

Oakland California Warehouse Fire Personal Injury Case

If you have been injured as the result of an Oakland California warehouse fire, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses. An experienced Oakland personal injury lawyer can provide you with invaluable assistance when facing the need to obtain compensation for losses associated with an Oakland warehouse fire.

Examples of compensable losses in the aftermath of a warehouse fire include:

  • medical expenses
  • pain and suffering
  • mental anguish
  • lost wages
  • damaged property

Depending on the circumstances, you are likely entitled to compensation for future losses as well. Depending on your injuries, you may require medical care and treatment into the future. In addition, your pain may not abate any time soon. You may not be able to return to work for an extended period of time.

In addition, depending on what the owner and landlord has or has not done in regard to the warehouse, you may also be entitled to punitive damage. Punitive damages represent additional compensation when the conduct of a responsible party was particularly reckless when causing an accident or fire.

Retain an Oakland California Warehouse Fire Lawyer Today

An Oakland California warehouse fire lawyer from The Doan Law Firm is immediately available to consult with you regarding your claim. This includes a wrongful death or a personal injury claim. An initial consultation can be scheduled with an Oakland California warehouse fire attorney any time by calling (800) 349-0000. The Oakland warehouse fire hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. There is no charge for an initial consultation.

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