A Back of the Yards fire has displaced several families from an apartment building on Chicago’s South Side.
Issues Delay Extinguishing Back of the Yards Fire
The fire took place at a multi-family apartment building on South Wood Street at West 47th Street in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. On the morning of February 20, 2022, multiple families were awakened by a fire at that location. Neighbors evacuated the building shortly thereafter.
The Chicago Fire Department reports that its crews encountered multiple issues while extinguishing the Back of the Yards fire, including frozen hydrants and a roof collapse.
No injuries were initially reported, and the cause of the Back of the Yards fire has not yet been determined. It is also unknown whether any personal injury attorneys have filed suit on behalf of victims of the fire.
Fires Rampant in the United States
Structural fires are rampant in the United States, with more than one million fires across the country each year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that there were 1,291,500 domestic fires in 2019 alone.
According to FEMA, 3,704 Americans died in fires that same year – more than ten fatalities per day. Even fires that do not result in death can cause devastating injuries and disfigurement.
Helping Victims of Fire Negligence
When a fire is caused by someone else’s negligence, those who have been harmed may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault party. If you have been the 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 over $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 lawyers and insurance companies, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience, the determination, the resources, and the record of success needed to help you and your family get the justice you deserve.<< BACK TO BLOG POSTS