Many people stay at hotels for business or pleasure. While a stay at a hotel is usually enjoyable, sometimes injuries can arise. While a hotel owes its guests a duty of care, this duty does not extend to all harm that could occur, but instead to foreseeable harm. That is, harm that could be reasonably expected or has been known to occur. If a hotel breached this duty of care, a claim of negligence may be raised against the hotel. Among other responsibilities, a hotel has a duty to inspect the grounds for any dangerous conditions and keep its premises sanitary.
On Thursday August 12, 2014, a fire engulfed an East Harlem residence in the early morning. According to FDNY officials, the flames erupted on the fourth floor of the building located at 29 E. 104th St. Residents stated that the flames continued to spread through the fifth and sixth floor hallways.