Washington Heights, Manhattan, NY (November 16, 2018) – Early Friday morning, November 16, a fire broke out at a Manhattan apartment building that sadly claimed the life of one woman and injured nine other people. According to authorities, the fire started at around 12:30 a.m. in the five-story apartment complex located on St. Nicholas Avenue.
Firefighters were immediately called to the scene in an attempt to rescue any occupants and extinguish the blaze. Upon their arrival, firefighters found 41-year-old Natasha Paulema unresponsive inside her apartment on the fourth floor. Paulema was tragically pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.
A total of nine other people, including a 10-year-old girl, were reported to have suffered injuries due to the fire. Authorities stated that none of those injuries are considered life-threatening at this time. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
A fire in New York can often have tremendously serious or fatal consequences as it is among one of the most dangerous situations anyone can face. Our gratitude is extended to the New York firefighters who risk their lives for the members of our community each and every day. Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences are currently offered to the loved ones of Natasha Paulema, as we also hope for the full recoveries of the injured parties.
While we understand that it can be terribly to focus on the path ahead during such a tragic time, it is important to know that you may have serious rights after the loss of a loved one. Our empathetic New York accident attorneys at Hach & Rose have committed their lives to helping the victims of other people’s negligence.
We are proud of our duty to hold those who recklessly cause injuries or death of other people accountable for their actions. If you have lost a loved or suffered an injury in a New York fire by no fault of your own, please don’t hesitate to call 212-779-0057 and let us put our invaluable experience to work for you today.
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