According to WTAJ, a three-alarm fire broke out at the historic Hotel Crittenden located at 133 N Main St, Coudersport, PA 16915. Over 100 firefighters were dispatched to the scene to battle the blaze that had reportedly trapped people inside.
Chief Bryan Phelps of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department said that 100 to 125 firefighters were called to the scene and were eventually able to gain control of the fire. Five people were taken to the emergency room, however, the extent of their injuries is unknown.
The owner of the hotel, Chandra Livingston Knight, was injured when she jumped out of a third-floor window to a second-floor roof in order to lower her niece and nephew to safety. She will need multiple surgeries due to injuring her ankle.
The building, which dates back to 1891, has sustained significant damage from the fire, as much of the original structure was destroyed. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the owner with the costs of recovering from the fire.
The Hotel Crittenden has been a fixture in Coudersport and the surrounding areas for over a century. Our hearts go out to the owner and employees of the hotel as they navigate the aftermath of this devastating fire.
Attorney commentary Brian Kent, explains that victims and their families may be able to seek justice and compensation for their losses if caught in a hotel fire. As an experienced fire attorney in Pennsylvania, he shared how fire injury lawsuits can be filed in the case of neglect.
"Hotel fires can lead to the injuries of many guests and staff. Fire authorities will investigate to identify what caused the fire, which may determine who is at fault. However, this can be a complex issue as many third parties could be held accountable for the damages."
"The hotel owner and management are responsible for maintaining the structural safety and health standards for tenants within their buildings. Repairs should be prioritized properly, especially when they affect the renters' immediate safety. Poor or missing smoke detectors, packed fire exits or hallways, or even faulty wiring and heating equipment are all examples of safety infractions. The building owner may be held accountable if they are found to have neglected issues that led to unlivable conditions and safety infractions."
"Every structural fire is different, and determining the cause of the fire is critical. Victims and their families are encouraged to speak with an experienced fire injury lawyer to understand their legal options better. An experienced fire attorney is familiar with the legal process and will be able to identify all parties at fault after analyzing all the facts. Furthermore, they can assist them in receiving the maximum compensation they deserve."