2 Killed in Houston, TX, Briscoe’s Place Fire Accident
Houston, TX -- March 15, 2017, two people were killed, another hospitalized, following an accident after the Briscoe's Place boarding house caught fire.
Emergency response teams from the Houston Fire Department were called out to the accident scene around midnight off the intersection of Griggs Road and Cullen Boulevard.
According to preliminary reports, the fire occurred at a boarding home for physically and mentally challenges. The sign on the building says, "Briscoe's Place," and it appears to have been a shopping center in the past.
Reports say the fire somehow broke out in the attic area and quickly spread through the building. Some people managed to escape, but two people were found near the entrance by rescue teams. They were pronounced dead at the scene. One person was found further in the building suffering injuries related to smoke inhalation. That person was taken to a hospital.
It's not clear how many people were in the building at the time, and it's unclear whether or not the victims were staying at the home or working. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
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The details surrounding this accident are very unclear at this moment. News reports are saying all sorts of things about this building--the units have no windows, there are only two ways in or out of the building, and some emergency personnel say the building was "like a maze." There were even reports that the building had no sprinklers. The name, "Briscoe's Place," doesn't show up on Google Maps, and there isn't much information on the boarding home online.
There needs to be a very thorough investigation to determine exactly what factor contributed to this accident. What started the fire? Why were there no sprinklers? How come there were no windows or other ways of escaping the building? Was there any sort of safety procedure for this kind of scenario? If so, what went wrong?
These are just a few questions that need to be answered. The answers they provide can be very crucial in not only figuring out what happened but also addressing whatever issues caused this to happen in the first place.
--Grossman Law Offices