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Sunnyside, Washington – House Fire at Van Belle Road

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Posted on February 24, 2020

Sunnyside, Washington (February 24, 2020) – A fire broke out in  a home on the 7160 block of Van Belle Road. According to the article from KIMA News, the fire was reported by someone driving by. Crews from the Yakima County Fire District 5 responded to the scene and found the roof of the structure on fire while the residents were still inside. Firefighters were able to safely get the residents out and no injuries were reported in the incident.

According to information from the Yakima County Fire District 5, the fire began in the attic space near the chimney and and ended up damaging several rafters. The residents had a fire in the fireplace at the time of the incident and was unaware of the blaze. The American Red Cross has been called in to assist the residents with needs for housing.

About Fire

Fortunately this incident did not result in any injuries.  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.