Woman Rescued With Severe Burns From Apartment Fire

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Most home fires start in the kitchen — learn how to protect yourself.


Woman Rescued by Firefighters Severely Burned in North-Side Apartment Fire

According to a KSAT News report, a woman was rescued from a burning apartment after a North Side complex went up in flames this week.

Fire officials reported the heavy fire occurred at the 3-story Sunset Canyon apartment complex on the 2100 block of Thousand Oaks at around 2:30 a.m. on December 10th. One woman was rescued with severe burns from one of the 10 damaged units declared a total loss. The investigation as to what caused the devastating fire is not complete, but officials suspect a cooking fire is the likely cause. No other injuries were reported.

Did You Know?

Home fires caused an estimated 135 deaths and 3,000 injuries nationwide in 2021.

Kitchen Fire Safety

The holidays are not complete without mom’s home cooking — many families across the United States will soon be gathering to share one of the most anticipated meals of the year.

While fire safety is always important, it’s a good idea to review the do’s and don’ts of safe cooking and baking before the holidays so that you can celebrate accident-free this year.

Fire Prevention Tips

Before cooking or baking, remember these prevention tips:

  1. Keep Flammable Objects Away From the Stove — Towells, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and paper towels can catch fire if they’re too close to the cooktop, especially if you use a gas stove.
  2. Clean Surfaces Between Use — Clean grease spills and debris from toasters, stove tops, and air fryers between uses.
  3. Don’t Plug Major Appliances into Extension Cords — Toasters, air fryers, blenders, and other major appliances must be plugged directly into the wall to avoid electrical fires.

A major appliance can catch fire with regular use if it is defective. If a faulty appliance burns you, call us to find out if you have a defective product injury case at 800-862-1260.

Best Practices While Cooking

While cooking or baking, follow these best practices to avoid a major disaster:

  • Keep Lids Nearby — Pot and pan lids can be used to safely put out grease-fire flames while cooking.
  • Stand by Your Pan — If you’re leaving the kitchen, turn the stovetop off.
  • Turn Handles Toward the Back of the Stove — This makes it harder to accidentally knock a pan off a stove and prevents children from grabbing hot pans while you’re cooking.
  • Leave Oven Door Closed if Fire Starts — If something catches fire in the oven, don’t open the door. Leave it shut and turn it off. Wait until it is completely cool before cleaning.

Unattended equipment was the leading factor in home cooking fires in 2021, causing 37% of all cooking fires. There are an estimated 170,000 home fires caused by cooking every year. Protect yourself and your family and enjoy a safe holiday season by taking fire safety seriously.

Burned by Faulty Kitchen Equipment? Call Carabin Shaw

There are 72% more than average reported fires on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day than the rest of the year. Faulty ovens, deep fryers, toasters, and other appliances can be poorly designed or manufactured, leading to serious burns and home fires.

If you were burned by a faulty appliance, you need an experienced burn injury attorney on your side. Carabin Shaw has been serving burn victims in San Antonio for 30 years, and we put our clients first. Call the burn injury team that cares today at 800-862-160. We look forward to serving you.

Contacting a Carabin Shaw attorney is free and does not obligate you to work with the firm.

¹KSAT News Report

²Fire Safety Resources

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