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Auburn, Washington – Abandoned House on M Street Northeast Burns Down

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Posted on March 4, 2020

Auburn, Washington (March 2, 2020) – An abandoned house on the 601 block of M Street Northeast burned down in a fire that occurred on Monday. According to an article from the Auburn Reporter, no one was inside the house at the time of the incident and there were no injuries in the incident. However, the structure was allowed to burn down as conditions were too dangerous for firefighters to enter. Crews focused on preventing the fire from spreading to nearby trees. According to a statement from the public information officer of the Valley Regional Fire Authority, it is unlikely that investigators will be able to determine the cause of the fire as the structure had burned down. In addition to firefighters from Valley Regional Fire Authority, crews from South King Fire, Puget Sound Fire and King County Medic One responded to the incident.

About Fire

The dangers of fire should never be underestimated – the US Fire Administration has reported that 41 home fire fatalities occurred in 2018 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.