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Motorized Wheelchair Suspected in Corpus Christi Fire

Posted on July 30th, 2010 No Comments

A motorized wheelchair may have been the cause of a house fire in Corpus Christi that displaced a family of four earlier this month.

According to officials with the Corpus Christi Fire Department, the fire occurred on July 19 after a motorized wheelchair began making popping noises. The fire spread through out the living room of the house. Two adults and two teens were able to make it out of the home safely.

Motorized wheelchair fires are not uncommon. In 2000, Invacare Corp. issued a massive recall of motorized wheelchairs because of fires caused by a short-circuit of the chairs battery-charger wiring harness. The recall involved 215,000 motorized wheelchairs.

The manufacturer of the motorized wheelchair involved in the Corpus Christi fire has not been named.

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Tire Shop Fire in Dalhart

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Firefighters battled a fire at a tire shop in Dalhart Monday night.

According to officials with the Dalhart Fire Department, the Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association on Highway 287 caught fire shortly after 7:30. When firefighters arrived at the scene the tire shop was engulfed in flames and smoke. The office received heavy smoke damage.

The fire appeared to be under control by Tuesday morning, but the Dalhart Fire Department is still monitoring the site. A dollar amount of the damage caused is not yet known.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Fire in Home of Elderly Man Proves Necessity of Operational Smoke Alarm

Posted on July 16th, 2010 No Comments

As an elderly man slipped into a peaceful sleep, a spark in his attic ignited the insulation. All the while, as the flames consumed his attic, the man slept. Once the first sign of smoke crept into the master bedroom, his alarm went off. He woke immediately and had just enough time to call 9-1-1 and escape from his house.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the house and most of its belongings were lost, but one thing remained intact, a human life. You can often replace the loss of property, but never the loss of life,” reports The Dallas Morning News.

According to The Dallas Morning News, “Roughly 500 men, women and children will die in home or apartment fires in the United States this year.” Get your smoke alarm installed or inspected today. Call 512-835-2020 to have Ace Fire Equipment install/inspect your fire alarm today.

ATF Probes Fatal Fire in Texas

Posted on July 9th, 2010 No Comments

The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating a Texas fire that killed a firefighter Saturday.

According to officials with the Wharton Fire Department, Captain Thomas Araguz III and two firefighters ran into a blaze at Maxim Egg Farm in Boling, Texas. The group, including the 30 year-old Araguz, became trapped after about 10 minutes inside the building.

“The heat and the fire really did rapidly intensify,” Deputy State Fire Marshal Jay Evans said. “It was at this time two firefighters made an escape.”

It took nine hours and more than thirty different fire departments to subdue the flames. Araguz’s body was found shortly after 7:00 a.m. Sunday.

A team of twenty-four ATF agents and specialists are investigating the cause of the fire.

“ATF is investigating this tragic fire with the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office. We will work together in partnership to determine the origin and cause of this fatal fire,” said ATF Special Agent Dewey Webb.

East Texas Man Saves Woman From Fire

Posted on July 2nd, 2010 No Comments

A man in East Texas saved a woman from a burning mobile home Monday.

According to officials with the Cherokee County Fire Department, Ricky Wilburn saved a woman from a mobile home fire that occurred along County Road 1616 outside of Jacksonville shortly after 11:00 a.m. Monday. A woman was asleep in her trailer when the fire started, and woke to find flames at her bedroom door.

“She was hollering for somebody to help her,” said Wilburn. “The fire was done down to this door and I tried to open it and it was nailed shut.” Wilburn says he broke out his window and ripped off the screen yelling for the trapped woman to come towards him.

“I just reached in there, I felt her arms and I just jerked her through the window,” Wilburn said. “That’s all I knew to do because the fire got to her bedroom… She was as black as your britches when she got out. I mean that smoke was like burning tires.”

The woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and is expected to make a full recovery.

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