Today we filed a temporary restraining order against Arthur Square LLC after an apartment fire took the lives of three young children. This fire, called the deadliest fire in Port Arthur, Texas, in almost a decade, caught residents by surprise. The temporary restraining order was granted by Judge Floyd in the 172nd District Court in Jefferson County, Texas.
In an interview with KFDM, the mother of the deceased said the apartment had several electrical issues in addition to non-operational smoke detectors. Even though the fire started in another unit, none of the smoke detectors went off and the children did not wake up and were transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. They died at the Southeast Texas Medical Center.
Temporary restraining order granted to prevent evidence from being damaged or destroyed after fatal apartment fire
This temporary restraining order will prevent any evidence from being damaged, altered, destroyed, or tampered with in any way. Another reason to file the temporary restraining order is to protect our clients’ legal rights. Investigations have already begun by the city and by the apartment complex’s insurance company. The judge’s signature on this order prevents more than the destruction or tampering of evidence. It prevents investigations from being conducted without independent experts.
We have retained experts to investigate this fire and determine who is responsible for this tragedy. Our past experience handling fire and explosion lawsuits, wrongful death cases, and lawsuits against slumlords puts us in the unique position of knowing not only the best experts for this particular case but how to best fight for justice for our clients.
For more information about this case and this investigation, email Emily@vbattorneys.com or call 713-224-7800.