Bayou Vista — Suspicious House Fire Prompts Shelter in Place Order
Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 10:30 pm by Williams Hart
At around on 8:30 a.m. Sunday, February 17, 2019, a suspicious house fire broke out in the canal community of Bayou Vista in Galveston County, Texas.
The fire occurred at a house on Pompano Street, and when the Bayou Vista Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene, they had difficulty entering the house because of the way it was secured. To make matters worse, a large amount of debris and household items were stacked throughout the house, adding fuel for the flames. The blaze was hard to control, so Bayou Vista Mayor Daniel Konyha issued a shelter-in-place order.
The fire was eventually brought under control at around 10:30 a.m. There was no one at home at the time of the fire.
Texas Police Chief Jimmie Gillane stated that the fire was suspicious because officials had a difficult time reaching the homeowner.
It is great to hear that no one was injured in this fire. Alas, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Fire accidents like this are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.
Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.
Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.
Fires can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers/explosion accident lawyers will be more than willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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