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Vancouver, Washington – House Fire at North Grand Boulevard

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Posted on February 13, 2020

Vancouver, Washington  (February 11, 2020) – A fire broke out in a house on the 3200 block of North Grand Boulevard on Tuesday morning. According to the article from TheColumbian, all occupants were evacuated and no injuries have been reported in the event. However, the fire caused the five residents and their two dogs to be displaced.

According to the report, firefighters initially responded to the 2700 block of East 33rd Street at 10:49 a.m., but learned that the fire was at Grand Boulevard. Crews entered the residence and extinguished a fire in a bedroom. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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.

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