Just two years ago, a massive wildfire in Texas wiped out 1600 homes and killed two people. Entire towns were devastated, and dozens of people were left homeless. The scars of the burn still stretch across the land, reminding everyone of those terrible days. Now the same area is suffering another giant fire. Even as 200 firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze, investigators are trying to determine what caused it.
Determining the cause of a wildfire is always important, because only by determining the cause can proper prevention efforts be explored. Lightning is a common cause of wildfire, especially when drought conditions have left the environment susceptible to a single spark igniting a raging fire. Irresponsible cigarette smokers are another common cause of fire.
In this case, it wasn’t a lightning strike or other act of God that caused the fire, nor was it a common cause such as a campfire or improperly disposed of cigarette. Instead, the fire was caused at a farm when:
- Drought conditions left many nearby fields vulnerable to a spark
- A farmer was dragging a thresher machine through a parched field
- A bearing overheated, causing a spark
- The spark ignited a fire, which spread quickly through the dry grass
Whenever the land is parched, it is incredibly important that farmers pay attention to what they are doing. It is all too easy to start a fire when the land is dry. This farmer should certainly have known better. His actions have cost multiple people their homes, and many business owners and workers have lost their livelihoods.
If you have suffered the loss of your home or business to fire due to the negligence of another individual, if can be difficult to get back on your feet. Finding a place to live or a new job can be terribly hard. Please contact an attorney who can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. That compensation can help you and your family get back on your feet.