At least five people were injured when they were trapped in an early morning Aurora house fire.
Eight Displaced in Aurora House Fire
Police officers arrived at the scene of the Aurora house fire at approximately 6:12 a.m. on November 27, 2021. Earlier that morning, the city’s dispatch center had received a call about people who were trapped inside of a structural fire in the 0-100 block of Jackson Street in Aurora, IL.
The responding officers found several residents hanging outside of two windows on the second floor of a building that was engulfed in flames and heavy smoke. Responders used a ladder from the backyard to rescue the victims.
Firefighters arrived at the scene shortly afterward and began putting out the Aurora house fire. When they entered the basement to search for additional victims, they found a man in his 30s who was unconscious and not breathing. He was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition with severe smoke inhalation.
Four other people, including two men, ages 33 and 47, and two teenage girls, ages 14 and 15, were also taken to the hospital for minor burns and smoke inhalation. Additionally, one of the police officers who helped rescue the victims was treated for minor smoke inhalation.
The Aurora house fire reportedly displaced a total of eight residents. No personal injury attorneys are known to have filed suit in this matter.
According to an official statement, the Aurora Police Department and the Aurora Fire Department were investigating the cause of the blaze, with assistance from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. It was not immediately clear whether arson was suspected.
House Fires Are a National Problem
There are approximately 358,500 house fires in the United States each year, and they frequently have catastrophic results.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that more than 3,000 Americans die in fires annually – an average of seven fatalities per day. Even non-deadly fires can inflict serious, sometimes life-changing injuries and disfigurement.
Helping the Innocent Victims of Fire Negligence
When somebody else’s negligent actions are the cause of a house fire, those who have been injured could potentially pursue the at-fault party for financial compensation. If you are the innocent victim of fire negligence, consider doing what so many others have done before you and reach out to the burn injury attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
With more than $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, GWC is one of the leading Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. No other plaintiff firm in the state is more respected – or more feared – by defense attorneys and insurance companies, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience, the determination, the resources, and the well-earned reputation of success you need to help get you and your family the justice you deserve.
To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney, contact GWC today. You may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.