Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 8:58 pm
At approximately 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, a small fire was reported at an industrial facility in Deer Park, Texas.
According to officials, a flash fire happened while crews were working to deconstruct tank 80-15 at Intercontinental Terminals Co. facility, located near Independence Parkway. Tank 80-15 was one of the tanks that burned during a blaze at one of the facility’s tank farms nearly two months ago.
Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the flames, and no injuries were reported. Air monitoring also did not identify any elevated benzene levels at the time of the fire.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened at the ITC facility. Alas, this is not the first that an industrial fire happens. 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 in industrial or manufacturing properties are common occurrences in the United States as well. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, municipal fire departments in the U.S. reported that an estimated average of 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties happen each year, with annual losses from these fires estimated at 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Furthermore, structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage.
Electrical distribution and lighting equipment is said to be the leading cause of structure fires in industrial properties, accounting for about 24% of the total. Meanwhile, heating is the leading cause of structure fires in manufacturing, accounting for 15% of the total.
Fires, especially in industrial or manufacturing properties, 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 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 Houston 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 (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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