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ARNOLD & ITKIN LLP: San Marcos Apartment Fire Lawyers Add 4 Plaintiffs to the Case

By Press release submission | Aug 15, 2018


Arnold and Itkin LLP issued the following announcement on Aug. 8.

Our San Marcos apartment fire attorneys have added four more plaintiffs to our case, warranting continued investigation of Iconic Village Apartments and the management company responsible for the safety of the building. The first plaintiff to call on us was the father of a 23-year-old young man who died in the fire. Now, our apartment fire lawyers also represent a young couple who escaped the fire by jumping from a second-story window, causing one of them to fracture his ankle and shatter his foot.

The foundation of our case remains the same—the apartment management company was obligated to provide a working fire alarm system and fire suppressant system for their occupants but failed to do so. As a result, when a fire ignited after 4:00 AM on July 20, no one knew it until it was too late to safely escape. Five people were killed in the blaze, and several more were injured, many of them critically so.

"The owners of the Iconic Village apartments failed to do the bare minimum to keep their tenants safe," said Attorney Kurt Arnold. "They had several past problems with maintenance concerning fire prevention devices, there were no sprinklers or fire suppression systems, and the fire alarms never went off. The survivors had no warning and little time to escape, while others tragically perished in the flames. We are committed to finding the truth behind this disaster, and we’ll be sending a message to make sure this kind of senseless, preventable tragedy doesn’t happen again."

Another of our plaintiffs noted that she may not have survived the night had she not been sleeping in the living room by chance. Her family was arriving that day, and they were only 30 minutes away when she awoke to the sounds of loud knocking and screaming. "If I hadn't slept in the living room I might have woken up too late." She said she does not remember even having time to get her shoes—she grabbed her dog and immediately fled.

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