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Fire at Westlake Senior Facility

The burn injury lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation again note the critical importance of a pre-established evacuation plan in the event of a residential or commercial fire. On Monday, October 10, 2016, five (5) senior adults suffered smoke inhalation related injuries as well as extensive burn injuries during the course of a high-rise, residential apartment complex fire in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

According to Los Angeles County Fire Department spokespeople, this fire erupted and was initially reported around 8:45 p.m. at the fifteen (15) story residential tower in the 400 block of South Union Avenue, Flames were reported at the outset as emanating from the structure’s fourth floor. The building contains approximately two-hundred units.

Of those multiple injuries, three (3) individuals were hospitalized in critical condition, while two (2) others were hospitalized in serious condition, L.A. County Fire reported. Officials initially made clear that these multiple injuries were related to smoke inhalation and burns.

The senior care facility in Westlake provides housing for those 62 years of age and older, as well as those with disabilities, according to records from the Los Angeles County Housing Authority. Approximately 150 firefighters responded to the fire and suppressed the fire by about 9:30 p.m. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.

The burn injury lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation have inspected countless fire scenes and have consulted nationally with regard to fire cause and origin issues. We have prepared numerous lectures and presentations to attorneys on National Fire Protection Association ("NFPA") 921 standards application, and are members of the Research Section of the National Fire Protection Association.

Processing a fire scene correctly, coupled with appropriate artifact evidence retention and conducting appropriate discovery are some of the most daunting and complex challenges an attorney can face. As such, there is simply no substitute for experience here – from devising an inspection plan and scene investigation. Every fire scene is different. Every fire scene is dynamic. Experience matters.

The attorneys at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation have handled all manner of fire and casualty cases – from multi-million dollar property damage claims to mass fatalities. There is no simply no substitute for experience in a fire case. If you or your family have been injured in a residential fire, don’t delay - contact the experienced team at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.

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