A second person has died from injuries sustained during a fire in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The victim is 70-year-old Helen Bernice Logan. She died of smoke inhalation.
The deadly fire broke out at about 4:30am last Tuesday in Logan’s apartment. Some 25 firefighters were called to quell the fire, and they were able to keep the flames contained to her unit. Logan’s companion, 60-year-old Keith Richard Dowden, died at the accident site.
Investigators say that the fire started in Logan’s apartment, which is located in a Victorian-style building that had been converted into several rentals. A male resident from one of the other units was transported to the hospital for treatment of mild smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The apartment building had working smoke alarms, but it unclear at this time whether the one in Logan’s unit were working. Approximately 10 people have been displaced by the fire.
If you or someone you love was injured in a fire at an apartment complex or another common-living environment, it is important that you explore your legal options as you may have grounds for a Baltimore premises liability claim or another type of Maryland injury case. The owner of the building and/or the management company may have acted negligently so as to create (or fail to remove) a fire hazard on the property that placed people’s lives at risk. There also may have been a defective smoke alarm, fire alarm, or another appliance or item that could have caused the blaze. The condition of the building may not be up to current fire safety code standards. Or, there may be another party that acted carelessly or recklessly, such as a negligent tenant, visitor, or maintenance worker/company.
Maryland burn injuries can be very painful and medical and recovery expenses can be very costly.
Woman dies of injuries suffered in Md. fire, WTOP, October 20, 2010
Man, 60, dies in Havre de Grace fire, The Baltimore Sun, October 19, 2010
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Apartment Fires, WhatHappensNow
To determine whether you have grounds for a Maryland burn injury case, contact our Baltimore accident law firm today.