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Renton, Washington – One Person Critically Injured in Condo Fire

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Posted on July 8, 2019

Renton, Washington (July 5, 2019) – One person suffered critical injuries in a fire which broke out in a condo building on the 13900 block of Southeast 173rd Place on early Friday morning. The victim was a woman in her 60s who was in an upstairs unit at the time of the fire. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where it was said she was in very critical condition.

It is unknown what time the fire broke out, but firefighting crews responded to the scene after 1:15 a.m. According to fire investigators from the King County Sheriff’s Office, the cause of the fire was a used firework placed in plastic garbage can near the building. The fire later spread to the building.

About Fire

The dangers of fire cannot be underestimated – the US Fire Administration has recorded 15 home fire fatalities this year within Washington. Fires from this particular season were started by fireworks, but house fires can be caused by more common causes. 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.