New Port Richey, FL – Two 3-year-old twins were killed Monday morning in a fire at their mobile home.
The fire apparently started around 8:54 a.m.
The twins and their mother were taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for medical treatment. The woman was treated for burns on her arms and later released.
A Sheriff’s spokesman said that the fire started in one of the bedrooms and quickly spread throughout the trailer.
Neighbors apparently tried to rescue the children inside by pulling a window air conditioning unit free, but were unsuccessful.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.
Nearly seven million people throughout the country live in mobile homes. Because of the overall construction and materials used in the creation of mobile homes, they are one of the deadliest types of homes on the market. According to recent studies, more than 4,000 people die in mobile home fires every year. The number one source of these fires is electrical, but other causes include kitchen fires, cigarettes left burning and wood-burning stoves that cause flames to rise quickly and are virtually impossible to contain in such tight quarters.
House fires can be caused by many things such as defective appliances, faulty wiring, dangerous heaters, candles and shoddy furnaces and boilers. Whatever the cause of the fire, a Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can work with safety experts and specialists to determine the exact origin of the fire. House fires usually result in fatalities. Our law firm can help surviving family members file wrongful death claims against negligent landlords, manufacturers of defective household items, contractors, city officials and any others that may be responsible for a deadly fire.
The primary reason for a wrongful death lawsuit is to compensate family members for the loss of their loved ones. Damages can be sought for the following:
• Medical Expenses
• Funeral Costs
• Past and Potential Earnings
• Loss of Companionship
• Punitive Damages
If someone close to you was killed in a New Port Richey fire accident, contact a Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton online or call 727-847-2299. We are committed to protecting your rights and have the experiences and resources needed to effectively resolve your case.