FDNY Firefighter Sues Macy’s Over Injuries

An FDNY firefighter is suing Macy’s Inc. for injuries he sustained at a fire in the Macy’s store on Staten island in 2016. Richard Kane filed suit in state Supreme Court alleging he was “seriously injured” when he fell “due to an accumulation of rubbish and/or waste” on May 14, 2016.

The fire was reportedly isolated to an elevator motor but the store, located at the Staten Island Mall, had to be evacuated. Kane claims his injuries were caused by Macy’s failure to comply with various statutes and ordinances that require a building owner to maintain the premises in a safe condition.

The complaint is not available, but will be posted here if it can be located. SILive.com is reporting that it does not describe the extent of Kane’s injuries, nor state how much he is seeking for damages.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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