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3 Killed in Houston House Fire

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Sarah Kim4 years ago

According to the Houston Chronicle, firefighters were dispatched at about 4:00 pm due to a house fire in northeast Houston last Thursday, March 6, 2014.

About the Houston House Fire

The accident occurred late Thursday night in the 500 block of Westmont Drive. Officials said the body of the man was found around midnight underneath the rubble. The bodies of the two women were discovered Friday.

Firefighters attempted to put out the flame for about two hours; however, the extensive damage made it difficult for the firefighters and investigators to be able to search for victims.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Residential Fire Statistics

The following information is provided by the U.S. Fire Administration  & the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Approximately 6,000 residential building fires are reported to the U.S. Fire Departments annually. They caused an estimated 30 deaths, 400 injuries, and $457 million in property loss.
  • Fires that begin in the garage tend to be larger and spread farther than fires that start in other areas of a residence.
  • Of residential building garage fires, 93 percent occurred in one- and two-family residential buildings.
  • Most victims die from smoke or toxic gases.
  • Deaths from burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury.
  • The leading causes of residential building garage fires were “electrical malfunction” (16 percent); “other unintentional, careless” action (15 percent); and “open flame” (11 percent).
  • Electrical arcing was the most common heat source in residential building garage fires (17 percent).
  • Over one-third (37 percent) home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms.
  • Those at the greatest risk include children 4 years or younger, the elderly, and those who live in manufactured housing or substandard housing.
Fire Safety Tips

The following information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Use smoke alarms: Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including the basement, and make sure you have smoke alarms near all sleeping rooms. Test all smoke alarms once a month using the test button.
  • Make and practice an escape plan: Create a home fire escape plan. Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible, and have a meeting place outside. Practice your escape plan twice a year with everyone living in your home.
  • Cook with care: When you cook, never leave cooking food unattended on the stove. Keep anything that can catch on fire, like potholders and towels, away from the cooking area.
  • Smoking:  If you do smoke in your home, never smoke in bed or leave burning cigarettes unattended. It is unsafe to smoke while drowsy or under the influence of alcohol or medications. Also, don't empty burning or hot ashes in a trash can, and keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
  • Stay warm—safely. If and when you use a space heater, keep it more than three feet away from anything that can catch on fire.


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