In 2013, U.S. Fire Departments responded to nearly 1.25 million fires. These fires caused over 3,200 fatalities, almost 16,000 injuries, and nearly 12 billion in property losses. There was a fire-related death every 2 hours and 42 minutes and a fire-related injury every 33 minutes.
Dangerous and deadly fires are often caused by defective or improperly installed stoves, heaters, washing machines, dryers, air-conditioners and other home appliances. Improper electrical wiring in general is often a cause. Holiday decorations, such as Christmas tree lights often malfunction. Ornamental “fire pots” or containers can explode. Mattresses, bedding and upholstered furniture often provide the “fuel” for fires starting from discarded smoking materials or candles.
Safety devices such as smoke detectors, fire alarms, self-closing doors, electrical fuses, or other fire suppression systems may fail to operate properly providing inadequate warning or protection with often deadly consequences.
The experienced attorneys at Davenport, Lavette & Cleckler, P.C. have represented many clients in holding others accountable for fire-related deaths or injuries. When a fire death or injury occurs, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately to initiate an investigation before critically important evidence could be lost or destroyed. The attorneys at Davenport, Lavette, & Cleckler have over 80 years experience in representing victims of fire deaths or injuries.