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Major Church and Synagogue Fires Reported in New York


Although all fires are dangerous, hazards amplify whenever large groups congregate in tight spaces. Perhaps the most obvious example of this situation involves people worshiping at churches – and fires in these locations are particularly dangerous. Unfortunately, numerous religious structures in New York City have suffered fires within just a few days. How can you pursue compensation for burn injuries in Brooklyn after an incident like this?

Five Injuries Reported After Church Bursts into Flame During Easter Service 

On March 31st of 2024, it was reported that a fire had broken out at a church in Brooklyn – causing five injuries. At the time of this incident, 170 worshippers had gathered in the building to observe Easter service on Sunday. The priest explained that as he was addressing the crowd, churchgoers noticed that “black smoke” was emanating from the altar behind him.

Pausing the service, the priest investigated the smoke and discovered a blazing fire in the church office behind the altar. At this point, it was too late to fight the flames – and everyone was forced to evacuate. After arriving, firefighters immediately began battling the inferno. Three of the five injured people were firefighters – including one who fell through the church roof, landed on the floor, and somehow continued fighting the blaze.

Two Critical Injuries Reported After Synagogue Fire in Brooklyn 

Just days earlier, a synagogue burst into flames under very similar circumstances in Brooklyn. Firefighters quickly deduced that the blaze had originated from a third-floor kitchen before spreading across the entire building. In this particular structure, the synagogue is located on only the first two floors. As a result of the fire, two people suffered critical injuries. A number of people found themselves trapped on the third floor, and they had to be rescued by firefighters operating a scissor lift.

Although it seems that the kitchen fire stemmed from an honest cooking mistake, firefighters are continuing to investigate the root cause of the incident. It goes without saying that religious structures are often targets for acts of arson – and this is something that authorities in New York are not ruling out. However, church fires can also be caused by negligence or even building code violations – especially given the age of some of these structures.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Some of the worst fires in New York’s history have involved churches
  • While arson is often to blame, many church fires are sparked by negligence
  • A premise liability lawsuit can help you cover burn-related medical expenses

Find a Qualified, Experienced Burn Injury Lawyer in Brooklyn 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced New York burn injury lawyer, look no further than Cohan Law, PLLC. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs pursue fair compensation after fires. If your burn-related injuries occurred due to a property owner’s negligence, you may have the opportunity to pursue compensation. Reach out today to discuss your legal options in more detail.




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