The victims of the fire were a mother, her four children and her father-in-law. The mother’s husband was able to escape the fire but was severely burned. He was hospitalized and remains in critical condition.
The Allegheny County’s fire marshal said the fire began on the first floor of the house in the living room. The investigation will continue to determine the cause of the fire.
The community has set up an online fundraiser where individuals can make a donation to the family to help cover funeral costs and medical expenses. On Sunday night, a vigil was held outside the family’s scorched home where members of the community came and paid their respects.
An investigation will be conducted to make sure there was no foul play or negligence that may have caused the fire. This could include a defective product in the home such as faulty smoke detectors. If the investigation concludes that the fire was caused by some type of negligence, a wrongful death and personal injury claim may be pursued.
Filing a claim after losing a love one will never fill the void that is left. It is not a matter of profiting for the family left behind, but rather recovering. The recovery made can alleviate the unexpected funeral costs and expenses accrued when a loved one passes.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a horrific incident, contact the attorneys at Berger and Green. Our attorneys are sensitive to your needs and will protect your rights during this fragile time.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.com, “Community mourns loss of McKeesport family killed in fire; husband in critical condition.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.com, “Fire Marshal: McKeesport fire that killed six started in living room.”