Houston — Woman Set on Fire on South Kirkwood Road
Posted on Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at 8:26 pm
At around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, a woman suffered serious burns to her skin after she was set on fire at a strip center in southwest Houston.
According to initial reports, the accident happened at 4282 South Kirkwood Road. Chandel Kenawell, 40, reported to the police that she was asleep in the parking lot of the strip center when someone came to her, poured an accelerant all over her, and then lit her on fire. Several witnesses rushed to help Kenawell, but before they could do so, Kenawell was engulfed in flames. She then suffered severe burns and was brought to Memorial Hermann Medical Center for treatment.
Aside from Kenawell’s injuries, the strip center was also damaged, with the cost of damage being roughly $2,000.
As investigation for this accident is ongoing, it has been revealed that Kenawell may have been lying in her statement. John Won, a convenience store owner, told the police that he sold Kenawell a bottle of lighter fluid about twenty minutes prior to the incident. Hence, it is believed that Kenawell caused the fire in the first place. Because of this, Kenawell has been charged with arson.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to Chandel Kenawell. Alas, she is not the only one who has ever experienced a burn injury. According to the American Burn Association, hospitals treat about 450,000 patients with burn injuries every year, and this number does not even include the burn injuries treated in hospital clinics, private medical offices, or community health centers, so the exact number might be a little bigger than what is reported. In this estimation of 450,000 patients suffering from burn injuries every year, about 3,400 people die.
Moreover, statistics report that 44% of all reported burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, 33% result from scalding injuries caused by wet or moist heat, 9% result from direct contact with a hot source, 4% account for electrical burns, 3% for chemical burns, and the remaining 7% for other, miscellaneous forces.
Burn injuries 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. Burn injury 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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