Potomac, Maryland, Home Damaged by Large Fire

By Peter DePaolis

If you would like more information about personal injuries stemming from fires, please contact Maryland personal injury attorney Justin M. Beall of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

In an instant, a fire can destroy everything that you have worked so hard for or, worse, put the lives of you and your loved ones in danger. The causes of fires range from cooking (the most common) to faulty writing, gas explosions or defective smoke detectors.

On Friday, January 29, 2010, a fire started in the garage of single-family home in Potomac, Maryland. It quickly spread to the first and second floors, requiring more than 70 firefighters to fight it. It took nearly an hour to bring the fire under control. Fortunately, occupants of the house were able to escape, and no injuries were reported. The fire caused $300,000 worth of damage to the large home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the fire captain commented that the home’s residents had been putting up shelving and staining earlier in the day.

It is important to ensure that you have an adequate number of working fire alarms throughout your residence so that you and your loved ones can escape as quickly as possible and so that firefighters can respond as quickly as possible to save your belongings. Additionally, poorly designed products or inadequate product labels or warnings can be to blame for causing fires.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or death stemming from a fire, please contact a Maryland personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.