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Plano Family Safe After House Fire

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 suffering.

Call now to see what we can do to help you!