Illegal tenancy can make fighting a fire far more difficult – and dangerous. Illegal tenancy is often the result of subdivisions within a property that are not up to code. Where properties are illegally subdivided, the routes to escape a fire are often compromised or no longer exist. This can endanger firefighters attempting to exit or enter a specific portion of the property. It also can then take more time to extinguish the fire, permitting it to burn hotter and more aggressively. Unfortunately, we have seen the tragic and deadly result of this kind of risk in the Black Sunday Fire.
A building owner can be held responsible for the violations such as illegal tenancy. Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo (SPBMC) has experienced attorneys who have recovered millions for firefighters injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. If you were hurt while fighting a fire, contact the attorneys at SPBMC immediately, so that the matter can be investigated as quickly as possible.