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Fort Pierce Girl’s Death Calls Attention to Fire Dangers


Bonfires and cookouts are a favorite part of summer for many people, as are fireworks displays, sparklers, firecrackers, and other types of devices. However, all of these things can result in serious and potentially life threatening personal injuries if the proper precautions are not followed. The recent death of a Fort Pierce girl who had been badly hurt at a bonfire calls attention to the potential dangers.

Fort Pierce Teen Loses Battle Against Fire Injuries

The family and friends of a Fort Pierce teen announced on Friday, May 10, 2019 that the girl had lost her battle against fire injuries she had suffered more than a year ago. The girl made headline news in the early part of 2018 after a New Year’s Eve bonfire accident left her with severe burns covering 95 percent of her body.

According to a report by WPBF News, many people continued to reach out to the girl as she struggled to recover from her injuries and conducted fundraising efforts on behalf of her family to help offset her medical expenses. The family has expressed their appreciation for all the support they have received from the community over the past 16 months and is now asking for time to grieve. The accident happened while the then 14-year-old was attending a party at a friends house and attempted to pour gasoline on a bonfire that was blazing from a firepit in the backyard.

Reducing Your Risk of Fire Injuries

Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are all common in yards throughout Fort Pierce, but you should never underestimate the dangers they can pose. They are also not the only fire hazards you are likely to encounter over the summer months. Grills, burning tiki torches, and fireworks can all pose significant risks, resulting in fires and serious personal injuries for those nearby.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) warns that more than one million fires are reported each year, with residential fires being among the most common and potentially deadly type of blaze. Even relatively minor burns can have severe consequences for victims. To minimize your risks, follow these tips:

  • Make sure adults are in charge of operating propane and charcoal grills and keep children far from the cooking area.
  • Always keep a water source or fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Monitor bonfires and firepits closely and extinguish flames if they become too large, out of control, or extend beyond the fire ring.
  • Stand away from where lightning occurs at fireworks displays and pay attention to trajectories to avoid being hit.
  • Avoid handling store bought fireworks or holding your own displays if there are homes nearby or if you are under the influence of alcohol.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

In cases where fire related injuries are caused by the reckless and negligent actions of others, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III can assist you in holding them accountable in a claim. Call or contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney and request a consultation today.



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