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Areas of Practice


Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C.

San Francisco Office
220 Montgomery Street
Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Oakland Office
1901 Harrison Street
Suite 1590
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 415.835.6777
San Francisco Personal Injury

Faulty Fire Suppression Systems

At Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., we have a proven track record of success in fire lawsuits. If cause and origin is undetermined or does not impute liability, there are other avenues to investigate for potential recovery against a host of defendants. Fire inspection vendors may have been negligent in performing inspections for annual or five year certification requirements. There may be a faulty product manufacturer responsible for causing or contributing to the cause of the fire or its unnecessary spread.

Identifying Violations Of Fire Protections Requirements

Fire suppression systems are governed by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards. Local and state building, housing and fire codes (California Fire Code) also establish rules and guidelines that must be followed in installing fire suppression systems and keeping them in good working order. Different buildings have different requirements for fire sprinkler systems, so it’s important to find the right law firm that can thoroughly research the applicable requirements for the particular fire and building at issue.

For example, although fire sprinklers may not technically be required in a given area of a building, if there are visible fire sprinklers, they must always be in good working order.

We Conduct Our Own Thorough Investigation

In many fires, even when the fire department investigation is inconclusive or the fire is determined to be accidental, further investigation may uncover a case. In our experience, when fires spread to multiple units or the entire multi-unit building there are often fire suppression systems that either were not installed or not working properly at the time of the fire. Issues to watch for include the following:

  • Fire sprinkler pipes disconnected from a water source
  • Faulty fire doors
  • Nonworking fire alarms or smoke detectors
  • Negligent accumulation of flammable materials
  • Nonworking fire extinguishers or escape ladders

Pursuing All Legal Claims Available To Tenants

What makes BV Law unique in litigating fire cases is that since we also have thriving personal injury and tenant practice areas, we can fully recovery for fire victims by asserting all legal claims against all potential defendants. See our burn and smoke injuries and fire litigation pages for more information.

Please see our Firm Results page for examples of success in Bay Area fire litigation, and contact us today regarding your potential fire case. We also can be contacted by phone at 415.835.6777.

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