As forests burn and wildfire smoke fills the air, New York has struggled with a number of blazes in its warehouses and apartment buildings over the past few weeks. These fires have nothing to do with climate change or dry wooded areas, but they add to the mayhem we have seen this summer throughout the state. If you have been injured due to a New York fire, you may have the ability to pursue compensation with help from a personal injury attorney.
Firefighters Struggle to Battle Giant Fire at New York Warehouse
On September 5, it was reported that a Department of Transport warehouse had gone up in flames, prompting a response from 200 firefighters. Despite having access to helicopters and advanced firefighting equipment, these firefighters struggled to control the fire after hours. A representative of the fire department later called the fire “stubborn” and “intense.” Five firefighters received medical treatment for heat-related fatigue.
Not much is known about the cause of the fire, but the warehouse in question was apparently being used to store vehicles. It should be noted that the Department of Transport in New York recently launched a very public campaign to “transition 4,000 vehicles in the city fleet to electric vehicles.” This plan was announced back in 2022, and we can assume that there were at least a few electric vehicles inside the warehouse when it burst into flames. Could it be that the fire was caused by a faulty battery? This is certainly a possibility, especially when you consider the numerous documented instances of this happening in the past.
This comes just weeks after an apartment fire in Queens that injured seven people. It is not clear what caused this fire, but it may have been related to an e-bike. The fire also displaced 20 people whose apartments were destroyed by the blaze.
Trade-In Program Fails to Mitigate e-Bike Fire Risk in New York
In other news, New York seems intent on mitigating the threat of fires caused by e-bikes. However, its campaigns are apparently having minimal impact. A recent report shows that very few people are taking advantage of a new trade-in initiative by the city. Under this program, those with dangerous bikes can trade them in for safer varieties. In fact, only three people have traded in their bikes and scooters under this program.
Where Can I Find a Personal Injury Attorney in New York?
If you have been searching for an experienced personal injury attorney in New York, look no further than the Glassman Law Group. Over the years, we have assisted numerous injured plaintiffs throughout the Empire State – including those who have been harmed in fires. We know that these accidents can lead to disfigurements, permanent injuries, psychological trauma, and other damages. Book your consultation today to determine whether you can pursue compensation.