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Miami hotel fire has officials asking ‘why?’

Earlier this month, an incident caused a stir in the lives of several vacationers and residents who found themselves on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. A fire broke out at the Lily Leon Hotel on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 15, shortly after 6 pm.

The fire started in a guest’s hotel room, when she watched her air conditioner start on fire or at least saw flames coming out of the vents. The fire was big enough that others in the area saw the huge plume of smoke.

The guest was able to flee from her room before suffering any physical injuries. She was even able to pack up her belongings into her travel bag, something not everyone is able to do in an emergency situation.

Fire crews responded to the scene and were able to put out the flames before anyone suffered any reported injuries. Again, this is not always the case in similar situations. Severe burns, smoke inhalation or sprained ankles and broken bones from falls during an escape are common in a serious hotel fire.

What if people were injured? Could they seek compensation from the hotel for any harm they suffer? The answer is yes, they can seek compensation by filing a premises liability lawsuit. Would they win? That depends on the circumstances.

Investigators in this case were on the scene at the time of the news report, but the cause of the fire was unknown. Hotels could be liable for a number of reasons, including the failure to maintain the air conditioning unit or failing to keep all aspects of the building up to code.

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