Settlement Reached Over Alabama Woman’s House Fire Death

Settlement Reached Over Alabama Woman's House Fire DeathThe estate of an Alabama woman who died in a house fire has settled a personal injury lawsuit with the structure's builders and landlords for an undisclosed amount.

April Collins allegedly died in August 2004 when a lit cigarette started a house fire, according to the Huntsville Times. The suit claimed that the building had been constructed without an architect and thus had numerous building and fire code violations, including a lack of manual fire alarms and windows that were too narrow to escape through. As a result of these deficiencies, Collins tried to escape the fire by descending the only narrow staircase available for escape. She had to run through the fire while descending, and later died of the severe burns she sustained, the personal injury lawsuit said.

The insurance provider of Scenic Homes Inc., the builder of the apartment building, and Enterprise Apartments, the landlord at the time of the incident, have settled for an undisclosed amount the suit over the death of the 24-year-old.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 2,565 non-firefighter deaths due to home fires in 2009. It is estimated that approximately four out of 10 of these occur in homes without smoke alarms.