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January and February Bring Colder Temperatures and Greater Risk of Fires to Northern California

By Kelly Balamuth on January 30, 2013

During the two coldest months of winter, home fires become more frequent and more deadly. More people are spending more time inside away from the cold, where they tend to use alternative sources of heat to keep themselves warm such as electric space heaters and open-flame fireplaces.

Space heaters require a huge amount of electrical current, straining electrical wiring in old homes and apartments. According to the American Red Cross during the winter months, use of space heaters and smoking are the leading causes of deaths in dwelling fires. The Northern California burn injury lawyers at Balamuth Law know burn injuries are some of the most devastating, often requiring multiple skin grafts and surgeries and involving long hospital stays. If you’ve suffered burn injuries as the result of a fire caused by malfunctioning or defective equipment, we can help you onto the road to recovery.

Five Displaced in January, 2013, Triplex Fire

As reported by News 10, five people were displaced because of a January, 2013, triplex fire. As one resident exited the building located on the 1300 block of Q Street, he turned around to see flames towering 20 feet into the air from the building’s roof.

The fire began shortly before 3:00 a.m., and the Sacramento Fire Department extinguished the fire completely just before 5:00 a.m. The interior of the home was extensively damaged, leaving its five residents displaced and without food or clothing. Volunteers were dispatched to the burned home by the Red Cross. They helped the displaced residents with clothing and food and provided them with a temporary place to live.

Electrical Issue Likely Cause of Fire

Sacramento firefighters at the scene of the fire said that it was likely caused by an electrical issue. Electrical fires are not uncommon during the winter months.

If you or someone you care deeply for has suffered burn injuries and with them a growing amount of medical bills, contact the Walnut Creek burn injury lawyers at Balamuth Law. Call (888) 254-1234 for a free consultation.

Attorney Kelly Balamuth was profiled in the
September 2013 Issue of Plaintiff Magazine.

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