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based on this it sounds like your 'friends' could have been charged with manslaughter had there been a fatal fire. they walked away from someone who could not get out. That is despicable.
I’ll agree with both Interesting and Richard for a moment. For Interesting’s point, they’d KNOWINGLY have left someone in a burning building. To die. Sure, they wouldn’t be the only one’s in the building, but they’re roomates, and when someone realizes that OP is not among everyone else and asks what happened, what’re the roomates gonna say, “I didn’t feel like carrying someone out with a busted ankle”? For Richard, yes, it is not illegal to not save someone, but if you can physically do the deed, why not?
MidnaLink: it would definitely slow someone down to help another with a broken foot. In the panic, many people wouldn’t be able to make the judgment that they could afford to exit more slowly. Morally speaking, one should help their fellow human, but that’s hard to codify in law.
Actually in many places you are specifically NOT supposed to help someone who is unable to walk for themselves if you are not physically able to just carry them down a set of stairs. You are generally supposed to try and get them near the stairwells, if possible, but then you are supposed to get out and inform the fire department that there are people still inside incapable of getting themselves out. It's because they would rather run in and rescue one easily located, disabled person, than to have to try and rescue you both.
As already stated you are not required to render aid or assistance legally speaking. The only time you could catch criminal charges are if you directly prevent someone from escaping ie locking them in a room. You have to had directly done something that indirectly caused them to die for manslaughter.
you had to "escape" from more than likely a fire drill or burnt popcorn? Calm and orderly fashion comes to mind, but then again I run into burning structures for free.
And this lesson illustrates the difference between friends and roommates.... But seriously, that was a really shitty thing for your roommates to do to you! And alarm or no alarm, for your own sake get yourself under control before jumping off the top bunk! That’s just dumb. If you injure yourself by panicking then your chances of survival go way down. When I was 11 years old our house burned down. The front end of the house was fully engulfed in flames. My dad sent me next door to have our neighbors call the fire department while he got out what he could. It was this time of year and I slept in just my underwear. But I did what I was told and woke the neighbors and they called the fire department. Then I got to watch the house and nearly all of our stuff burn before the firemen got there. Dad was able to save most of our clothes, the family photos and some other items. In an emergency, you do what has to be done and you do it promptly. But panic leads to destruction!