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Everett, Washington – Sixteen People Displaced After Fire Destroys a House

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Posted on July 28, 2019

Everett, Washington(July 24, 2019) – A fire which destroyed a house at 60th Street Northeast and Broadway displaced sixteen people. Fortunately, all residents were able to safely escape from the blaze and no injuries have been reported.

The fire broke out around 11 p.m. on Wednesday night. By the time firefighters arrived large flames were could be seen at the back of the home. The fire was doused on the same night, but firefighters returned on Thursday morning to spray more water inside the structure. The cause has not been determined, but it appears that the origin of the fire was a rear storage area at the back of the house. The Red Cross is assisting all the people who have been displaced by the fire.

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.