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Renton, Washington – Woman Hospitalized After Being Rescued from Fire

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Posted on October 16, 2019

Renton, Washington (October 12, 2019) – A woman was reported to be in critical condition after being rescued from a fire that broke out in a residence near 144th Street Southeast and 175th  Avenue Southeast on Saturday afternoon. She has been taken to Valley Medical Center for treatment. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

A neighbor reported the fire, and later worked with other neighbors to try and douse the fire using garden hoses. Responding crews found it a challenge to tackle the fire as the front of the house was blocked by clutter. Firefighters eventually attacked the fire from the rear of the building, and the fire was put under control. After this, the 60 year-old victim was found and taken to Valley Medical Center. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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.