Houston — Apartment Fire Kills Toddler in Southwest Harris County
Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019 at 9:18 pm
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019, a fire broke out in an apartment in southwest Harris County, and it killed a toddler and injured his babysitter.
According to authorities, the fire started on the kitchen stovetop of a third-story apartment on Sierra Blanca Drive near Presidio Square Boulevard. There were two people inside the apartment: a 3-year-old boy and his 19-year-old relative who was babysitting him. The babysitter left the child for a while to go to the store, but when she came back, there was heavy smoke coming from the unit.
The child and the babysitter were brought to the hospital, but unfortunately, the child later died from smoke inhalation. The babysitter was also being treated for smoke inhalation.
The fire was only contained in the unit, and firefighters were able to put the fire out with just two water cans.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the child. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away because of a fire accident. 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 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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