Massachusetts Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Northampton Fire Started by Arson Reaches Settlement

Elaine Yeskie has settled her Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuit against Anthony Baye, the man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the fatal fire that claimed the lives of her husband Paul Yeskie Sr. and son Paul Yeskie Jr. The two men died in 2012 in a blaze set by Baye at their home on a night when he started over a dozen fires.

Yeskie sought damages from Baye for the loss of her husband and son, as well as for the severe emotional trauma she experienced from witnessing their deaths. Her son Paul Jr. had autism.

The widow claims that the two men experienced conscious pain and suffering as they were fatally burned while trying to escape there home. Yeskie and another woman managed to flee the blaze.

Last year, Baye pleaded guilty to setting 27 fires over three years. He also pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the deaths of the Yeskie men, as well as to over 40 other criminal charges.

According to Yeskie’s Ma. wrongful death attorney, the civil lawsuit was resolved months ago. The motion to dismiss because an agreement had been reached, however, was just filed in Hampshire Superior Court.

If someone you love died or you were seriously injured in a fire that you believe may have been caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless actions, you should speak with a Boston personal injury lawyer right away. Fires can occur because of deliberate acts or due to accidents that could/should have been prevented. Blazes may also turn deadly if a property owner failed to implement the proper safety measures, including installing working smoke detector devices, as well as other precautions.

Remember that your civil claim is separate from any criminal case that prosecutors might choose to pursue. Working with a Boston fire accident law firm can increase your chances of financial recovery.

Elaine Yeskie sues Anthony Baye in Northampton fires,, October 12, 2012

Anthony Baye pleads guilty to setting 27 fires in Northampton, faces 19-20 years in prison on manslaughter charges, MassLive, May 13, 2013

Northampton fatal fire lawsuit settled, BostonHerald, August 18, 2014

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