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Fire displaces five San Antonio apartment residents

On April 12, 2019, the Personal Injury Lawyers at the Wyatt Law Firm discovered that five people at the Newcome Park Apartments were displaced from their home as a result of a fire that occurred overnight on April 12, 2019. The Personal Injury Lawyers and Carbon Monoxide Lawyers at the Wyatt Law Firm were informed that the fire began in the attic just above the top floor of one of the apartments. Fire officials reported that everyone was evacuated safely from the building but that two people had to be treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

SAFD warns of space heater safety to prevent house fires

The personal injury lawyers at the Wyatt Law Firm became aware that within the past week, San Antonio Fire Department responded to numerous calls for house fires which causes were directly related to space heaters. Starting on January 20, 2019, a woman and her two pets were evacuated from a house fire when witnesses called firefighters due to seeing heavy smoke engulfing the living room of the home. Firefighters later discovered that a space heater was the cause of the fire. Another major fire occurred on January 23, 2019, where a space heater place inside an outdoor shed caught fire, killed a dog, and melted off the siding of the flame-engulfed shed. The space heater that was most likely priced at under $100 caused a steep $25,000 worth of damage. Finally, the third of many other space heater fires that have plagued the area ignited just before 6 a.m. on January 28, 2019. A 67-year-old man was killed in a house fire in Southwest Bexar County. Authorities discovered that the fire was likely caused by a space heater. The elderly man died from smoke inhalation, and two other family members who resided in the home suffered from severe burns.

Building fires: Lawsuit filed after fire in condominium complex

Fire safety is of utmost importance to many Texas residents and others around the nation. Homeowners frequently install smoke alarms and have escape plans in place in the event of a fire. Owners of apartment or condominium complexes also often equip their units with sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems and alternate escape routes in the event of building fires. Unfortunately, every dwelling is not adequately equipped with  necessary fire safety measures. A family recently filed a lawsuit against a condominium owners association in another state for the injuries and damages they suffered in a fire at their complex.

Fires Caused by Home Appliances

According to news reports, at around 10 p.m. on November 2, 2018, a two alarm building fire broke out in a townhouse in southwest Houston, killing one man and injuring his 36-year-old son.  Wyatt Law Firm, Ltd. (www.wyattlawfirm.com) expresses our condolences to the family and our hope that the son's injuries are not life threatening.

It's important to take measures to prevent apartment fires

Life in San Antonio often means living in an apartment or condominium building. Perhaps you have a prime location in or near the downtown area shops, restaurants and entertainment. Maybe one of the area's newer high-rise buildings better suits your needs. Or you may live in a more modest accommodations in an outlying neighborhood.

Building fires: Butler apartment complex blaze injures

Millions of Texas residents live in apartment complexes across the state. Many of these facilities have multiple stories to accommodate a larger number of occupants. While the multi-level living arrangement doesn't usually pose a problem, there could be difficulties in evacuating a facility like this when building fires occur. A recent fire at an apartment complex in Butler left several injured after their attempts to escape.

Easing the pain of burn injuries

If you have ever accidentally dripped hot grease on yourself or bumped the edge of a pan taken out of a hot oven, you know how badly such injuries can hurt. When it comes to severe burns, unfathomable pain and long, arduous recoveries are common among those who are victims of such injuries. If you are currently navigating the healing process after suffering serious burns on one or more parts of your body, you are likely relying on various people for support.

Don't get burned again: Know how to seek recovery for your losses

You may remember how your family rejoiced when they learned you had survived a fire or or explosion. Hopefully, rescue response time was swift and you were quickly transported to the nearest burn trauma unit in your area. Since then, you may have already overcome various challenges during recovery. Recuperation following such accidents is often long and arduous. Thankfully, there are many support networks available in Texas to help you maximize your recovery potential.

Comprehending the Consequences arising from Building Fires

Living in a house that is susceptible to building fires can be a hazardous option, to say the least. In such a building, succumbing to carbon monoxide inhalation is a more probable likelihood, let alone the scorching consequences of a building fire. Mainly aggravated by a defective sprinkler, it is abundantly clear that residence in such a building such be avoided at all costs. Based on a 2011 report, Texas has gained a notorious reputation of claiming more lives through building fires compared to other States across the U.S. In a clearer perspective, 261 Americans lost their lives through Texas fires in 2011 alone. Such a shocking statistic comes in the wake of mass campaigns on the benefits of sprinkler installation within households.

Leading Causes of Residential Building Fires

With little or no warning, a fire can sweep through an apartment building, leaving people homeless and causing injuries or death. The sad thing is, many, if not all, apartment fires are preventable, if only residents and building owners take some simple preventative measures. What are the leading causes of apartment fires, and how can they be prevented? The following information can provide answers to these questions. According to the National Fire Protection Association, apartment buildings were the scene of approximately 95,000 fires in 2015. These fires caused 405 civilian deaths and 3,025 civilian injuries. This sounds like a high number, but since 1980 the frequency of apartment fires in the U.S. has been slowly declining. A separate study conducted by the U.S. Fire Administration showed that these were the leading causes of residential building fires in 2014:

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