House Fire Might Have Been Related to Generator; Investigation Underway
Eighty-four year old William Burton Phillips, Sr. was recently killed in a Pennsylvania house fire. Phillips’ wife survived, but had to be hospitalized for her injuries. Investigators are now trying to determine what caused the fire.
Fire emergency was called to the Phillips Peters Township home just before 11 pm on the night in question in early June. Phillips was dead when EMS arrived, but his cause of death is still under investigation. Phillips’ wife Naomi was able to be rescued from the building and was taken to the hospital for unspecified reasons.
According to a neighbor, William Phillips had been working on a generator in his home hours before the fire broke out, after a thunderstorm had knocked out power to the home. It is not yet clear if the generator played a role in the fire.
Compensation Might Be Available after a House Fire
Important information is recovered during the investigation phase after a fire, which is why it’s vital to have the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney on your side during this time. The goal of a fire investigation is to determine the cause and origin of the fire, which requires the work of experts who examine:
- What area had the most severe damage?
- What areas had the least level of damage?
- How did the smoke and flames ventilate?
- What materials were damaged and was there a damage pattern?
- Did accelerates play a role?
- Were there damaged or malfunctioning appliances present?
Fire experts can also interview eyewitnesses to determine when the fire was first noticed.
Every fire is unique and must be treated as such during the investigation. We have access to a number of fire experts who can assist in conducting an independent investigation after a fire.
With the information from an independent investigation, we’ve been able to determine liability related to product defects, safety regulations, and other issues that can help fire victims receive compensation for their injuries. A variety of factors can play a role in the cause and severity of a house fire, including:
- Faulty wiring
- Gas explosions
- Flammable liquids
- Smoke detectors
- Upholstered furniture
Even if you or a loved one owned the home in which the fire occurred, you could be eligible for compensation based on a variety of factors. It’s essential you work with a team of experienced attorneys who can help with the independent investigation and build a personal injury claim when necessary.
We’ve dealt with victims of house fires for many years and we understand how complicated the process can be. For more information or to schedule a free consultation to discuss a fire that recently affected you or a loved one, contact Heavens Law at 888.897.5377 for a free consultation.