A fire in a Humboldt Park apartment has left one resident dead. The Bomb & Arson squad was investigating the cause and origin of the fire, but initial reports indicated that the fire was accidental.
The fire was reported at 4:50 a.m., but the man was not pronounced dead until after 9:00 p.m. that day. Burns and smoke inhalation are the likely causes of death.
The Illinois Smoke Detector Act provides important protections and remedies for people injured in fires in apartment buildings.
The Act requires landlords to provide tenants with a smoke detector and batteries when the tenant starts the lease, but then places the responsibility for maintaining the batteries on the tenants. In certain buildings, the smoke detector must be wired into the building’s electrical system. The landlord must also place smoke detectors in the common areas of the building.
Where a landlord violates the Act and a tenant is injured as a result, the Act provides for civil liability against the landlord.