• June 06, 2017

Juan Solis Rodriguez Killed in Alamo, TX, House Fire Accident

Alamo, TX -- May 31, 2017, Juan Solis Rodriguez was killed as the result of an accident in which his house somehow caught fire.

Alamo Police and Fire rescue crews rushed out to the scene of the accident, a residence located in the 1000 block of Valle Vista Street.

According to initial investigations, the incident occurred at around 8:00 p.m. It's unclear at this time exactly how the incident occurred, though preliminary investigations indicate that the issue was electrical in nature. The fire consumed the home, and rescue teams were not able to reach Mr. Rodriguez, 69 years old, before he succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say investigations into the accident are ongoing.

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Commentary

Authorities have said that this fire seems to have been caused by an "electrical issue." The question now would be whether this accident was caused by the wiring itself or some sort of appliance. If it's the former, then it could be anything from poor construction to lack of repairs to shoddy repairs. Depending on how old the house is, there are several factors which could have contributed to this and whether or not anyone is particularly responsible for that is very complex.

However, if this was appliance related, there are really only two possibilities: misuse or a defective product. As an example of misuse, imagine someone plugging a washing machine, a space heater, a TV, and refrigerator into a power strip that's 20 years old. You can imagine this would be incredibly dangerous, and it'd only be a matter of time before something went wrong. But if this is an appliance, there could easily be a scenario where the victim had no knowledge something like this could've happened.

We've seen so many issues in recent years with phone chargers, e-cigarettes, gaming consoles, and even washing machines. These defects sometimes go a long time without being discovered, so thousands of people could be sitting on what amounts to a ticking time bomb. This is why it's vital after these kinds of accidents to determine whether or not something like this happened. Not only does evidence need to be collected for those affected to get justice for their loss, but any wrongdoing on a company's part needs to be addressed immediately. Otherwise, other people could face a similar fate.

--Grossman Law Offices

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