Sean Zuniga San Jose: 38-Year-Old Man Identified As Sean Zuniga Died In Apartment Fire At Driftwood Manor On Blossom Hill Road
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (December 30, 2018) – A 38-year-old man identified as Sean Zuniga has tragically died in an apartment fire, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.
Firefighters rushed to the scene of the apartment fire and were able to get it under control. They knocked down the flames that were in the second floor apartment where Sean Zuniga was staying.
He was pulled out of his apartment in serious condition. Numerous attempts were made to resuscitate him. But they were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
There is an ongoing investigation into what may have caused the fire at Driftwood Manor.
Liability In Apartment Fires
Landlords have a responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner in order to prevent accidents and fires. Periodic maintenance should be performed on appliances, water heaters and other potential sources of danger. According to the California Fire Code 1126.96.36.199 General, “Every apartment house and every hotel shall have installed therein an automatic or manually operated fire alarm system. Such fire alarm systems shall be so designed that all occupants of the building may be warned simultaneously.”
Moreover, there are regulations in place about how many exits there should be in a residential building. According to subsection 1113.2 Number of exits, “Every apartment and every other sleeping room shall have access to not less than two exits when the occupant load is 10 or more (exits need not be directly from the apartment or sleeping room). A fire escape as specified herein may be used as one required exit.” Exits should be unobstructed and clear of hazards. A number of deaths occur every year when residents become inadvertently trapped in their buildings.
Violating the fire code or otherwise failing to maintain a residential apartment building in a safe manner may impose civil liability on the owner of the building in the event of a fire. The family of a person that died in an apartment fire may be able to seek justice by filing a wrongful death claim. A premises liability attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued.
Getting Help After An Apartment Fire
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Sean Zuniga as they are going through such a difficult time. It is our sincere hope that the San Jose police department conducts a thorough investigation. Steps need to be taken to make sure that this does not happen again.
If someone that you love has died in an apartment fire you may have legal recourse. California’s wrongful death law CCP Section 377.60, allows family members to file a wrongful death claim for damages. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We can investigate your claim and let you know what your rights are. Whether you need a free investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.