A rash of fires has struck the Houston area lately, and one claimed the life of a deaf man.
In less than a week, two fires broke out at local residences, claiming two lives.
The parents of 20-year-old Michela Gregory and 23-year-old Griffin Madden filed suit against the owner and operators of a converted warehouse that caught fire on December 2, 2016. Ms. Gregory and Mr. Madden died, along with several others.
Although we have virtually completed 2016, two more residential fires are in the news. One occurred last night in the Klein area. The blaze consumed the house. Thankfully, no people were reportedly injured, though a family's pets are missing. The second occurred about dawn today, and three individuals are deceased. Authorities are investigating to determine if foul play was involved in that incident.
Thursday night, a fire at a local scrap metal facility injured a worker and damaged property. The fire occurred between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. at 9400 Rhonda. According to reports, the fire erupted when fuel tanks were being drained.
Two weeks ago an explosion occurred in Conroe, Texas at a drilling fluid supplier. Officials have not said what caused the initial fire, if any chemicals washed into nearby water sources, or what chemicals escaped into the air. Currently, the investigation into this incident is ongoing.
Thousands of years ago, mankind discovered the benefits of fire. Fire used for cooking food increased digestibility, and fires also provided warmth. Millennia later, fires provided the heat necessary for steam engines, fueling the industrial revolution.
At least two workers were injured after a fire erupted Monday night at the Chevron Phillips Chemical plant in Port Arthur. Although the exact number of injured has not been released, it is known that at least two persons were taken by helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where they remained in a burn unit as of Tuesday. The extent of their injuries has not been released.
A candle that was knocked over caused a fire that consumed a wooden boarding house where dozens of poverty-stricken boys lived. In the terror of the blaze, about 50 residents rushed for the door and neighbors tried to extinguish it by throwing buckets of water on it. There were 41 survivors; eight of the nine who died were children. Official reports from Senegal, where the fire occurred, indicate that the structure had not been inspected.
A storage facility owned by Vess Oil Corporation burst into flames earlier this week, summoning emergency responders to put out the sudden blaze. There were reports of flames reaching as high as 50 feet in the air and visible from three to four miles from the explosion site.