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Yakima, Washington – House on South 8th Street Catches on Fire

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Posted on January 14, 2020

Yakima, Washington (January 14, 2020) – A house on the 900 block of South 8th Street caught on fire on early Tuesday morning. According to the report from KIMA news, one of the residents woke up and alerted the rest of the family, and they were able to evacuate safely. By the time crews arrived all members of the family had gotten out. No other injuries were reported in the incident. The fire caused extensive damage to the structure, and the family is currently being assisted by the Red Cross.

According to the report, crews were called on the scene around 4 a.m. The Yakima Fire Department, assisted by the Yakima Training Center Fire Department, responded to the incident. The fire department found no working smoke alarms in the home. The blaze itself was reported to show signs of being a gas-fed fire, and the gas was shut off while crews worked on the scene, with firefighters staying on the scene for two hours. Aside from fire damage, heat damage was also found throughout the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but it is believed to be 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.