On Sept. 1, officials with the American Red Cross reported that 16 families were displaced after a fire raged through a Georgia apartment complex the previous day. Three people were taken to a hospital for treatment but none of the injuries that were suffered were considered to be life-threatening.

The fire occurred at a Marietta apartment complex located in the 500 block of Williams Drive on Aug. 31. It appeared that an explosion that occurred just after 10:15 a.m. caused the fire to start. Two of the injured residents had to be rescued from the building while the third person was injured after jumping to safety from the second story. A Red Cross spokesperson reported that several witnesses who were near the explosion site may also have suffered injuries but left to get medical attention on their own.

The fire ultimately affected 26 adults and 12 children, and the American Red Cross was reportedly offering them temporary housing. A city spokesperson stated that all of the apartment occupants were accounted for and that the cause of the fire was still being investigated.

When a family rents an apartment, the owner of the building is responsible for ensuring that they are being provided with safe premises. If a gas leak or faulty wiring results in serious injuries or damage to personal property, the affected individuals may have the ability to file a premises liability lawsuit. An attorney may assist by providing evidence demonstrating that the premises were not properly maintained and that the occupants were not warned of any potential hazards. The lawsuit potentially allows individuals to seek compensation for injuries that were sustained and loss of property.

Source: Northwest GA News, “Cause of Cobb County apartment fire under investigation”, Sept. 1, 2015Source: AJC.com, “26 adults, 12 children displaced by Marietta apartment fire”, John Spink, Aug. 31, 2015