New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Reacts to Fatal Queens House Fire

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A New Year's Day house fire left a 7-year-old boy dead and his older brother with burn injuries, a Jan. 1 report in The Queens Courier states. According to the article, the fire broke out when sparks from a fireplace ignited nearby blankets and pillows.

According to the report, the 7-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and his 13-year-old brother was transported to a local hospital for treatment of burn injuries

A house fire in East Elmhurst proved fatal for a 7-year-old boy and left his older brother with second-degree burn injuries. According to a Jan. 1 news report in The Queens Courier, the fire started in a home on 90th Street near 31st Avenue when sparks from an open fireplace ignited a pile of blankets and pillows placed close by.

The fireplace did not have a spark screen and there were no working smoke detectors in the house, the Queens Courier article stated. According to the report, the 7-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and his 13-year-old brother was transported to a local hospital for treatment of burn injuries. One adult family member also suffered smoke inhalation injuries and three firefighters suffered minor injuries, the article states.

With intense cold weather gripping much of the United States especially the northeast, it is important for everyone to exercise extreme caution while using a fireplace or any house-heating device, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "All homes should be equipped with smoke detectors and sprinklers and these devices must be properly inspected at regular intervals to ensure that they are in good working condition."

Wilhelm offers a number of tips for winter heating safety:

  •     Do not leave flammable materials near your fireplace.
  •     Make sure that you have a metal mesh screen covering your fireplace, if you do not have a glass fireplace door. Chimneys should be covered with a mesh screen spark arrester.
  •     Put out the fireplace fire before you leave your home.
  •     It is important to ensure that you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially inside and outside sleeping areas. Test them monthly and change batteries at least once a year.

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 42 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, train accidents, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, falls on sidewalks or stairs, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, food poisoning injuries, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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