Five workers for CenterPoint Energy based in Houston were injured on the job today after a building caught on fire downtown. These five victims are currently suffering from varying levels of burns wounds from the flames and are currently receiving treatment at this time. According to the city fire officials, the fire broke out in the electrical vault of the Southwestern Bell Building basement. The five workers are believed to be dealing with severe electrical burn wounds as reported by the hospital after this morning's fire, which began around 10 a.m.
At this time, investigators remain uncertain as to what may have caused the fire to start in the basement, though there are investigators seeking to come to a conclusion. As a result of the fire and investigations the surroundings streets of the incident will be closed off. Electrical accidents and fires are not uncommon at sites such as this, and depending on the area in which the fire started, there can be a number of causes for the incident. Often time's electrical units can be a fire hazard especially in the event they are exposed to different chemicals or extreme temperatures or overheating.
Workplace injuries such as burn wounds can be life altering if they are severe and in some cases result in health problems down the road. In the event that you have been injured in the job sustaining burn wounds, or any other injury, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your suffering. If that your injury is a result is a result of negligence on behalf of your employer or another employee, you will want to contact a trusted Houston personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your unique situation. At Arnold & Itkin, we will do whatever it takes to help you receive the necessary compensation for your injuries in order to cover the associated medical costs, lost wages as well as pain and sufferin. Call us today to learn more!