According to thedenverchannel.com, the Denver Fire Department responded to a house fire at 13th Ave and Verbena St Tuesday evening. A fire in the kitchen had created heavy smoke, and fire fighters found an elderly woman who lived in the home who was suffering from smoke inhalation. She was taken to the hospital. Early Wednesday morning, the Fire Department was called back to the same scene, as the fire had restarted and fire fighters had to cut through the roof of the house in order to put the fire out. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Have your or a loved one been injured in a home fire? Contact a Denver Personal Injury Attorney today to discuss your options.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, over a million reported fires in 2010 caused over 17,000 civilian injuries, over 3000 civilian deaths, and over $11 billion in property damage. Of those fires, less than half were structure fires, however it may not be surprising that those structure fires caused most of the injuries, deaths, and property damage. Furthermore, 92% of the deaths in structure fires resulted from fires in personal homes. The place within the home where these fires most commonly begin is the kitchen. Perhaps these sobering numbers can serve as a reminder that we need to be very careful with cooking and other appliances in the kitchen.
While many of these fires are caused by honest accidents or the carelessness of the resident of the home, many are also started by faulty wiring, defective electrical or gas appliances, or improper maintenance of rental homes. If you or a loved one has been injured in a home fire that you believe may have been caused by a defective appliance or poor maintenance by your landlord, contact a Colorado Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Rhett Meyer is an experienced, aggressive personal injury attorney who will work with you to ensure that someone else’s recklessness does not cause you undue financial hardship. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Rhett today at (303)355-7202.