Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.
A blaze destroyed a Penfield home while the owners were away on vacation at the end of July, according to reports from the owners’ friends. Though neighbors called 911 after seeing the flames, firefighters said the house was impossible to save.
Investigators suspected that a simple, common thing people do when they leave for vacation was to blame for the fire. The blaze may have started because the owners had left their lights on, leading to the wires becoming overheated.
“This can be used as a little bit of a warning if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time,” Jeffrey David, the Assistant Fire Marshal of Penfield, told WHAM, though the exact cause was still being investigated.
Nevertheless, it’s important to note that fires are far more common than people might suppose. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 1.24 million fires reported in the United States in 2013, which caused 3,240 civilian deaths, 15,925 civilian injuries, and $11.5 billion in property damage.
That same year, a fire department statistically responded to a new fire every 25 seconds. Worse, another study found that between 2009 and 2013, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day.
Hotels aren’t invulnerable, either. Every year, hotel and motel fires result in about $76 million in property loss, 15 deaths, and 150 injuries.
The NFPA also reports that cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, while smoking was the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths. Heating equipment was the second most common cause of home fire fatalities, however. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment — the suspected cause of the Penfield fire — only caused about 8% of fires.
Though the Penfield fire may have been a bit of an exception, it still serves as a good reminder to always be careful and always be wary of the things that can cause fires.