Fort Worth Fire Department battles fatal fire on New Year’s Day likely caused by cigarette. Texas lawmakers’ fire safe cigarette law takes effect on New Year’s Day.
Dallas, TX (AmericanInjuryNews.com)–A Fort Worth, Texas home fire on New Year’s Day may have been started by a discarded cigarette. Fort Worth Fire Department officials responded to a house fire on New Year’s Day to find one man dead from smoke inhalation and burns. The other man was transported to Parkland Hosptial’s burn unit. Fire officials say a cigarrette may have been the cause of the house fire.
A brand-new law that went into effect on New Year’s Day requires all cigarettes sold in Texas must be slow-burning and fire-safe. The fire-safe cigarettes are made with bands of less porous paper which burns more slowly, so the new smokes will self extinguish a few minutes after smokers stop puffing on them. Although distribution centers for 7-Eleven stores have already converted to fire-safe cigarettes, they will be selling off their old inventory first. Fire marshals will make inspections this year to make sure distributors and wholesalers don’t stock up on old cigarettes. Next year the state fire marshal’s office which is overseen by the Texas Department of Insurance, will begin inspecting stores to make sure all cigarettes sold are fire-safe. Texas is one of 21 states where fire-safe cigarette laws are now in place. Fires cause serious injuries, burns and deaths every year in this country. If you have been injured in a fire you may be entitled to compensation for you damages, losses and injuries.