Each year, house fires leave people in Massachusetts and the rest of the country injured and even killed. House fires can be caused by a number of things, including faulty wiring, use of dangerous heaters, shoddy construction techniques and defective appliances.
An especially tragic house fire took place on Christmas morning in Stamford, Connecticut, and claimed the lives of five family members, including three children. Flames tore through the Victorian mansion early Sunday morning as everyone slept.
The owner of the home, a well known advertising executive, was able to escape, along with a male acquaintance. However, her three daughters and their grandparents, who were visiting for the holiday, could not be rescued, officials said.
The advertising executive, who was treated and released Sunday evening from a local hospital, lost her 10-year-old daughter, her 7-year-old twin daughters and her parents in the fire. Her husband was reportedly 25 miles away in New York City at the time.
Apparently, the male acquaintance was a contractor who was hired to do work on the home, which the advertising executive and her husband had purchased about a year ago.
According to reports from neighbors, screams were heard coming from the home just before 5 a.m. When they rushed outside, neighbors said they could only watch in horror as flames took over the home with three people still inside.
The flames were reportedly even too hot and intense for the firefighters, the local fire chief said. He said that the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but fire marshals will be able to inspect the house once it is safe to enter.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, personal injury lawsuits are possible.
Source: The Boston Globe, “Fire at ad exec’s Conn. home kills 3 kids, parents,” Dec. 25, 2011