Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 4:37 am
Rego Park, Queens, NY (January 14, 2019) – Police have reported that one person was tragically killed and three more injured following an apartment fire that broke out Saturday night, January 12, in the Rego Park section of Queens. The fire was stated to have begun at around 11:40 p.m. on the fifth floor of a high-rise building located on 62nd Avenue.
Firefighters were immediately dispatched to the scene where they were able to enter the building through heavy smoke and eventually get the blaze under control. Responders found 51-year-old Anna Latek inside of an apartment and quickly transported her to Elmhurst Hospital with smoke inhalation. She was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.
An additional three people who also suffered smoke inhalation were taken to Booth Memorial Hospital to be treated. Those parties have been listed in stable condition at this time. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated and no further information has been made available.
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First and foremost, we would like to express our warmest thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Anna Latek during this absolutely devastating time. We also send our sincerest sympathies to the three injured victims as we hope for their full recoveries as we extend our gratitude to the New York firefighters who risked their lives battling this fire.
Many fires in New York end with fatalities or critical injuries as they are among one of the most dangerous situations that anyone may encounter. After such a harrowing event, it is extremely important for victims and the loved ones of victims to understand that they may have serious rights in terms of recovering compensation.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we realize that there is nothing as horrendous and difficult as an unexpected injury or the sudden loss of a loved one, and we are here for you 24/7 to help answer any questions you may have. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a New York fire or explosion, please don’t hesitate to call 212-779-0057 today.
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