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Altamuro v. Milner Hotel, Inc.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
540 F. Supp. 870 (1982)


Facts

Joseph S. Altamuro died attempting to rescue guests of a 10-story hotel from a three-alarm fire that started from a defective television set. Hotel employees knew the television set was defective, but left it plugged in with the power switch on. When the fire started, Altamuro warned guests and helped them outside. Twice he went back inside and successfully rescued people from upper floors. Nobody saw him go back a third time after firemen had ordered all civilians out the building. His wife sued Milner Hotel, Inc. (defendant) for negligent wrongful death based on the rescue doctrine.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (McGlynn, J.)

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