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Parker, Washington – House Sustains Damage After Fire Breaks Out

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Posted on June 19, 2019

Parker, Washington (June 18, 2019) – A house on the 140 block of Parker Street sustained damage after a fire broke out on early Tuesday morning. Fortunately, all occupants were able to safely escape the building as the fire crews arrived on the scene. There were also no reports of injuries among the firefighters who responded.

The fire affected the exterior of the house, with the front of the house and a small porch burning by the time firefighters arrived. The fire spread to the attic space, but firefighters were able to contain the damage to half of the roof and the attic. The roof partially collapsed due to the fire, but the living space itself was mostly untouched by the fire. The damage was mostly smoke and water damage.The Red Cross is currently assisting the family, while investigation is being handled by the Yakima County Fire Marshal’s office. The cause has not yet been determined.

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.