Tragedy struck the Ambrose family at their residence in the 720 Hunts Point apartment building in Bronx at around noon. The girls, aged 1 and 2, were napping in their bedroom as their father, Peter, slept in another room.
When the girls’ mother, Danielle, returned home and checked on them, their room was filled with scalding hot steam. It appeared that the valve blew off the radiator in the children’s bedroom, causing the deluge of steam, reports the New York Daily News.
The Ambrose parents rushed their injured children, Ibanez and Scylee, to Lincoln Hospital where the sisters died from their injuries, according to the New York Daily News.
The apartment where the tragedy took place was public housing provided by New York, which provided shelter for several homeless families. A resident told the New York Daily News that earlier in the day, the heat had been unbearable inside the building. The resident went on to say the apartment building has problems frequently.
Records of previous complaints regarding the condition of the building seem to back up what the resident claimed. The New York Daily News reports that the city received around 60 complaints at the building, including some radiator-related issues. In addition, on November 10 the building was cited regarding future gas connections. The city records do not indicate what the landlord did in response to the violation.
The city was looking into whether officials placed families in a building owned by someone on the public advocate’s “100 worst landlords” list. Five families in the apartment building are part of a program where the city houses and pays for rent until the family can find permanent housing. These programs have come under fire for allegedly putting families into decrepit, unsafe living quarters.
In March 2015, the New York City Department of Investigation issued a report on shelters, describing the sites for the public housing programs to be the worst-maintained and the most poorly monitored.
Every day there are more and more people getting hurt because of someone else’s negligence. Premises liability holds business owners, city governments, and property owners liable for injuries that occur on their properties including matters of negligent maintenance or unsafe premises.
Here are a few examples of accidents that can occur when property is not kept safe: