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Holyoke, Winchendon, and Chelmsford, MA Fires Claim Lives

A woman was killed in a Holyoke fire at her home on Saturday. Investigators believe that the blaze may have started close to a wood-burning stove. Firefighters that rushed to the scene were able to extricate another woman and her dog from the roof of the bungalow’s front porch. Following the fire, the whereabouts of two other dogs were in question.

Also on Saturday, an elderly couple was killed in a three-alarm Chelmsford blaze that caused a significant portion of a 24-unit condo complex to collapse. A seven-year-old boy who sustained third-degree burns is reportedly fighting to survive. The cause of this fire is also under investigation.

And in yet another fire, this one in Winchendon on Friday, a 70-year-old man died in a two-alarm blaze that destroyed his residence. Icy conditions and strong winds impeded firefighter efforts.

If you or someone you have was injured in a Massachusetts fire that you believe may have been caused by another party’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact our Boston burn injury law firm today.

According to Reader’s Digest, the leading causes of house fires, include:

• Overheated cooking equipment • Heating equipment defects or malfunctions • Careless smoking • Faulty electrical equipment • Unattended candles • Kids playing with fire • Faulty wiring • Flammable liquids that are poorly/improperly stored • Exposing objects/items to heat/flame sources Barbecue accidents
It is important that a home be equipped with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire alarms. Failure to have these installed and properly working can be grounds for a Boston premises liability lawsuit against the property owner.

Fires in homes can cause devastating injuries to those that are fortunate enough to survive. Treatment for severe burns can be painful and costly and a victim may be left permanently disfigured and emotionally and mentally injured.

You may be able to file a Boston fire accident lawsuit against a negligent product manufacturer, homeowner, maintenance company, resident inhabitant, or some other responsible party.

Fatal fires in Chelmsford, Holyoke, and Winchendon leave four dead, Boston.com, January 6, 2013
Blazes eyed as accidental, Boston Herald, January 6, 2013
Top 10 Causes of House Fires, Reader’s Digest

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