Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 6:10 am
On Friday, February 8, 2019, several apartment homes were charred and others were damaged after a three-alarm fire that occurred in Houston’s Galleria.
The Houston Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael Mire reported that the fire started at approximately 11:20 a.m. at The Plaza on Westheimer near Hillcroft Avenue. According to witnesses who called 911, the fire started in a second-story unit, and then it spread to the top floor just above.
Firefighters immediately began to tackle the blaze, but the cold, northerly winds and the layout of the complex made the task difficult. Because of this, authorities pulled a second alarm on the fire, and then a third one within minutes. At the end of the day, about 75 firefighters were on the scene to help.
Arson investigators are still working to determine how the fire started. There have been no injuries that are reported as of right now. But the families who lived in the apartment complex have been displaced because of this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the families because of this fire accident. Alas, this is not the first time that a fire accident affected the lives of countless people. Fire accidents 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 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 (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.
Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.