Shortly before 11 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, Plano Fire-Rescue was called
to a home in the 1500 block of La Paz Drive. When the firefighters arrived
at the scene, there was an active fire blazing in the family’s converted garage.
According to Capt. Peggy Harrell, Plano Fire-Rescue spokeswoman, the firefighters
were able to extinguish the fire relatively quickly.
Harrell said that the firefighters searched the home to ensure that they
got all of the flames. When the investigator arrived, they noticed that
a small part of the fire had extended into the living portion of the home,
damaging part of a wash room and the kitchen.
The breaker box was damaged and the electricity in the home was out.
While not a lot of the living space was affected, the family couldn’t
stay in the home overnight. The woman who lived at the house had stepped
outside to the back porch, and that’s when she noticed the fire
and called 911.
Fortunately no one was injured in the fire. The two adults and two children
at the home were able to exit safely. The fire was under investigation
to determine the cause, the
Plano Star Courier reported.
Common Causes of House Fires
House fires take thousands of lives every year, and approximately 7 people
in the U.S. die from a home fire each day. According to the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to approximately
357,000 home fires annually between 2009 and 2013.
These fires caused:
- 2,470 civilian deaths
- 12,890 civilian injuries
- $6.9 billion worth of damage
Of all structure fire deaths, 92% result from home fires, according to
the NFPA. Between 2009 and 2013, the leading causes of home fires were:
- Cooking equipment – 45%
- Heating equipment – 16%
- Intentional – 8%
- Electrical and lighting equipment – 8%
- Smoking materials – 5%
- Clothes washer or dryer – 4%
If you or someone you love was injured in a house fire, we urge you to
contact a Plano
personal injury attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm. If a
defective product or negligence was to blame for the fire and your subsequent injuries,
you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and
Call now to see what we can do to help you!