After a fire at a Philadelphia hotel near Independence Mall, a male guest was found dead in his room. The fire is believed to have been caused by the hotel’s electrical system.
This is just another illustration of how hotels often times have not taken the time to set up appropriate measures to maintain its property to the detriment of all those staying at the hotel. Our firm has handled plenty of cases where resorts and hotels have failed to properly maintain its premises resulting in serious injuries. Our firm has extensive experience handling these claims.
As for the case in Philadelphia, the fire sent several hundred guests onto Philadelphia streets during the morning hours on October 30th. The fire was not large enough to set off the hotel’s sprinkler system, but it set off the fire alarms and prompted management to make an announcement. Guests praised the evacuation process. The evacuation was described by one guest as “organized” and free of any panic.
According to the hotel manager, the fire was confined to the corner of one room. The Fire Department stated it took them about twenty minutes to contain the fire. Guests were allowed to return to their rooms. However, the 8th floor remained closed so the hotel could address damage caused by smoke and water from the hoses used to put it out.
The Fire Marshall’s Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire while officials await autopsy results for the middle-aged to elderly man who was found dead. Witnesses on the scene reported the scene smelled of an electrical fire.
The hotel is currently under investigation to determine the exact source of the fire and to what extent the electrical system was in a state of disrepair. Also, the investigation will address whether the electrical system was in a faulty state due to lack of inspections and maintenance.
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