Earlier this week we wrote about the sudden apartment fire that engulfed the Fitz Apartments in Aurora, Colorado. Two people did not escape the fire, and 15 more sustained serious injuries.
Our thoughts are with the survivors and victims’ families. This is a shocking and overwhelming event to deal with; the event itself might cause psychological scars or severe burns, and you could lose valuable possessions, including your home. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, here are a few things you should do after an apartment fire:
- Document the damage. If possible, take photos of the damage in your apartment. The property owner and the insurance company (if you have renters insurance) might try to blame the fire on your actions. Your photos could help protect your innocence.
- Assess the living situation. Depending on how bad the damage is, you may not be able to live in your apartment after the fire. If your apartment complex continues to charge you rent, contact a representative from the state health department. They can determine if the apartment is suitable for living conditions and put a stop to illegal rent charges.
- Delay repairs. If you have renters insurance, keep the apartment as-is until an insurance representative visits your home to assess the damage. Cleanup efforts could affect your claim.
If you have any questions about what to do after an apartment fire, contact our attorneys today. The assistance of a professional attorney can increase your chances of receiving compensation for burn injuries, especially if the property owner was somehow responsible for the fire. There is no charge for the initial consultation. Call now: (866) 377-3800.
Metier Law Firm, LLC – Denver accident attorneys