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Seattle, Washington – One Person Injured in Apartment Fire

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Posted on February 17, 2020

Seattle, Washington (February 13, 2020) – One person was injured in a fire that broke out in an apartment on the 6200 block of Airport Way South on Thursday night. According to the article from KIRO7 News, the patient, a 51 year-old man, was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor burns. Other residents and their pets animals were able to safely evacuate the building, and no other injuries were reported in the incident.

The fire started in a second-floor unit around 11 p.m. Firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department were able to contain the fire to one unit, with other units sustaining water and smoke damage. Update: According to an article from Patch published on February 15, 2020, the fire was caused by food on the stove that caught on fire and spread to nearby combustibles. The fire has been ruled accidental.

About Fire

The dangers of fire cannot be underestimated – the US Fire Administration reported that 41 home fire fatalities were reported in 2018 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.