Fire at Park South Condo in Lauderhill Leaves One Woman Dead

September 17, 2010
By Dan Irving , Esq. on September 17, 2010 10:01 AM | | Comments (0)

A condo fire in Lauderhill on September 6th has claimed the life of an elderly woman. The victim, who was 74 years old, died from the injuries she sustained during the fire. Officials are still investigating what caused the fire, which did not spread to any other units.

This is the second fire that has occurred at Park South condos since May of this year. A 30-unit building was destroyed on May 7th by a massive fire. The cause of that blaze, which landed one person in the hospital for smoke inhalation, is also being investigated. Unfortunately, residents of that building are now left without condo insurance because the homeowners' association cancelled the insurance for that building before the fire occurred.

Stories such as the Lauderhill condo fires underline the importance of having smoke alarms that are installed correctly and maintained on a regular basis. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), over 3,000 people in the United States die each year as a result of residential fires. In two thirds of these deadly fires, the residences either did not have smoke detectors or had smoke detectors that did not work. The majority of injuries and fatalities happen during fires that occur at nighttime. Smoke and toxic gas inhalation, not burns, are the major cause of fire fatalities. The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers information on testing smoke detectors and the importance of having an evacuation plan in case a fire occurs. Also, Consumer Reports offers tips on choosing smoke detectors.

Dan Irving is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling personal injury cases for more than 29 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on AVVO, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.

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