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Lynnwood, Washington – Two Children Dead, One Injured in Apartment Fire

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Posted on November 3, 2019

Lynnwood, Washington (November 3, 2019) – Updated: Two children died and another sustained injuries in a fire that broke out at an apartment on the 6700 block of 196th Street Southwest on Sunday afternoon. The third child suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The boy was reported to have been released in an update. A firefighter was also reported to have sustained minor injuries in the blaze but was not reported to have been hospitalized.

The fire was reported around 2;40 p.m. Firefighters discovered the two children after knocking down the flames. The incident led to all seven units of the apartment to sustain either smoke or water damage, and fifteen people were displaced. The cause of the fire has not been reported. Lynnwood Police closed down 196th Street Southwest between 68th and 64th Avenue West as response was ongoing.

About Fire

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victim. As seen in this case, 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.