Man Injured in Amarillo, TX, House Fire Accident on SW 16th
Amarillo, TX -- May 31, 2017, a man sustained injuries resulting from an accident where an explosion caused his house to catch fire along SW 16th Avenue.
According to officials from the Amarillo Fire Department, the accident occurred at around 5:50 p.m. at a residence located at 1223 Southwest 16th Avenue, just off the intersection of Ong Street.
Nearby residents report to investigators that they heard some sort of explosion before the fire broke out. Fire rescue teams were able to extract a middle-aged man from the home, and it was reported that he had severe burns. He was flown to the burn ward of University Medical Center in critical condition.
Fire authorities say the fire appeared to be isolated to the living room area. It's not clear at this time what caused the accident to occur.
Map of the Area
It's concerning to me that a small explosion of some sort caused this accident. There are a lot of things that can cause fires, but not many household items will causes explosions unless they experience some sort of catastrophic failure. I believe this accident needs to be looked at by an experienced professional to determine exactly what happened. It's possible this was just some sort of freak accident, but there's also the possibility this was caused by a product defect.
As we've seen in recent years, anything from gaming consoles to e-cigarettes to washing machines can experience catastrophic failures due to a product defect. Whenever this is the case, that defect must be discovered as soon as possible so the issue can be fixed. Without doing so, hundreds if not thousands of other consumers could be at risk for serious injury or even death. It may not be all that common, but the simple fact that it's possible warrants full consideration. If it turns out a company in fact sold a faulty and dangerous product, they'll need to answer their actions.
--Grossman Law Offices