NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION
Argued May 14, 2013
On appeal from Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Union County, Docket No. L-3506-11.
Lane M. Ferdinand argued the cause for appellant (Law Offices of Lane M. Ferdinand, P.C., attorneys; Mr. Ferdinand, on the brief).
Gerald Kaplan argued the cause for respondents (Methfessel & Werbel, attorneys; Mr. Kaplan, of counsel and on the brief; Amanda J. Sawyer, on the brief).
Before Judges Waugh and St. John.
Plaintiff Nadine Awad appeals from the order of the Law Division entered on September 28, 2012, granting defendants summary judgment.
The record discloses the following facts and procedural history.
Plaintiff was a tenant in an apartment complex owned and managed by defendants. Deborah Shafer,  the property manager, lived in a neighboring unit. Lint accumulation in an electric clothes dryer caused a fire to erupt in the basement of Shafer's unit and she called 9-1-1.
Plaintiff looked through her window, saw smoke and flashing lights and called to Shafer from her window. She then entered the bedroom to change her clothing. Plaintiff exited her apartment and stood next to Shafer in the street, conversing about the fire. Unfortunately, Shafer's cat was still in the burning apartment. Although plaintiff knew that Shafer had informed the authorities about her cat, plaintiff became concerned that the firefighters had not yet retrieved the pet. She approached them to make inquiries.
As plaintiff spoke to the firefighters, she saw flames shooting out from Shafer's window. She turned to run in the opposite direction, but tripped on a fire hose and sustained injuries.
In an oral decision, Judge Joseph P. Perfilio granted summary judgment to defendants because plaintiff's injuries were not foreseeable given that they resulted from her voluntarily leaving her apartment and ...