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Arlington, Washington – Two Injured with Burns, One Suffered Smoke Inhalation in House Fire

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Posted on May 23, 2019

Marysville, Washington (May 22, 2019) – A family of three people suffered fire-related injuries in a fire that burned down their house at the 11900 block of 103rd Avenue Northeast on early Wednesday morning. An older man suffered smoke inhalation, while the mother and her 20 year-old son suffered serious burns while escaping the house. The older man declined transportation to the hospital, while the burned victims were taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. They were said to be treated in an intensive care unit on Wednesday afternoon.

The couple reportedly got disoriented while in the fire, and while the older man got out, the woman was incapacitated by the smoke. The son, who had jumped to safety from the second floor, went back in to rescue his mother suffering burns in the process. Fire response arrived after 1 a.m., by which time the house was collapsing from the fire. Due to a lack of fire hydrants in the area, response was made difficult, but by 6 a.m. the fire had been knocked down, though hot spots were being extinguished into the morning. The house and its contents were a total loss, and a travel trailer and two cars were also damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

About Fire

The dangers of fire cannot be underestimated. The US Fire Administration has recorded 15 home fire fatalities this year within Washington.  Statistics from the NFPA have recorded that cooking equipment were the leading cause of home structure fires, home fire injuries, as well as being the second leading case of home fire deaths. Additionally, smoking materials are the leading case of home fire deaths, though it isn’t always the case every year. Always handle fire with wariness and see to it that fires are always extinguished after use. Remember also to assess the area where fire is going to be used and see to it that complete fire safety is practiced at all times.

Aside from cooking equipment and smoking materials, electrical causes remain to be one of the top causes for home fires according to the NFPA. Their Electrical Fire Reports to the U.S Fire Department since 2000 estimates around 45,000 to 55,000 cases of home fires being caused by electrical malfunction every year. Annual losses due to electrical fire result in 455 civilian deaths, 1, 500 civilian injuries and 1.5 billion of dollars in direct property damage. From these statistics, the risk from electrical fire is very real and should not be underestimated. As for the accidents themselves, the NFPA lists 63 percent involved wiring and related equipment, 74 percent cited some sort of electrical failure or malfunction, and wire or cable insulation was the first item ignited in 32 percent of electrical distribution or lighting equipment home structure fires. From these cases, one must always review and identify potential fire hazards and fix them to avoid damages, injuries or deaths.