Archive for Friday, October 28, 2005

Law firm attempting to contact fire victims

October 28, 2005

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Lawsuits might be on the horizon for the owners of an apartment building destroyed earlier this month in a deadly fire.

This week a Kansas City law firm took out half-page newspaper advertisements as a way to contact victims of the Oct. 7 fire at Boardwalk Apartments in the 500 block of Fireside Drive.

"There are still a lot of questions to be answered. The real question is, was there adequate fire protection?" said attorney Andrew Nantz, whose firm placed the ads.

The fire killed three people and injured 18, and a Lawrence man has been charged with setting it. The 40-year-old building had been inspected by the fire marshal in August, with no violations found.

The apartment complex is owned by Boardwalk Apartments LLC. According to the Kansas Secretary of State's office, the registered agent for the company is "SMF Registered Services Inc.," which is located at the offices of the Overland Park law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP.

Comments

Sigmund 9 years, 10 months ago

Wow, business must be slow for these low life attorneys. They are so desperate to sue (and make a contigency fees) that they take out an ad in the LJW! It's not like the firm has any evidence that the owners did anything wrong, they havent even talked to a victim yet. I hope if some one comes forward they slip and fall on their sidewalk or gets burned by hot coffee and they get sued by an even lower life firm than them (as if that were possible).

DGL 9 years, 10 months ago

Considering this was allegedely an act of arson, what does fire safety have to do with anything? I seriously hope no one takes these opportunists up.

Ragingbear 9 years, 10 months ago

Ok, as a resident of this place. I have this to say. That place was a freakin death trap. The amount of dry rot made it seem like parts were made of newspaper, half the smoke detectors would not go off when exposed to smoke, and the fire extinguishers that were supposedly available outside not only were nearly impossible to get to, but took the strength of a giant to get through the plexiglass shield.

I was there when this supposed inspection was done, and the fact that the fire department keeps mentioning it seems to indicate that it was actually not. Probably due to either laziness or kickbacks. Furthermore, they originally said that the inspection happened in July, then September, now August. Which one is it?

I called the number listed in the paper. It was a Kansas City, Mo. number, was not toll free, and actually didn't work. I got an operator message saying it was not a valid number. Tried 3 times, and it did not work. So yes, these particular lawyers are probably ambulance chasers, and I have no real interest in dealing with them. Besides, if anyone should be sued over the fire, it should be the state for releasing a known arsonist into the public without warning, and a complete lack of supervision.

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