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Police in Fayetteville, North Carolina say that a man standing near a fire pit at a North Carolina home died after a terrible explosion. Authorities say the deadly accident happened last weekend, late one Saturday night when a group of friends and family were gathered around a front yard fire.
According to a spokesperson for the police department, one man, 28-year-old Martin Antoine Blossom, died and at least four other people sustained serious injuries as a result of the fire pit explosion. Police have not yet said how or why the explosion occurred, but say they do believe the incident was accidental.
Emergency responders say that beyond the fatality, two other men were injured in the fire pit explosion along with a woman and a young 14-year-old girl. All four of those injured were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
Commercially manufactured fire pits have grown in popularity in recent years are commonly used for social gatherings. While they are perfectly legal, fire pits can pose serious risks, especially if used improperly. Experts say that every year fire pits are blamed for house fires, serious injuries and even deaths. As a result, anyone considering using a fire pit at his or her home should consider the following safety tips.
First thing, be sure to set up the fire pit on a solid surface away from any buildings or overhanging rooflines or trees. Next, be sure to clear any and all combustibles away from the fire pit. This includes leaves, dry grass, pine needles and patio furniture. Keep a working fire extinguisher nearby as well as a water source. Never use a fire pit during windy conditions as you will not be able to control where embers are blown. Keep fires small and under control and be sure that children stay away from the fire pit in case the pit accidentally tips over. Never leave a fire pit unattended and be sure when you are done to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for how to put out the fire and safely dispose of the ash.
Though fire pits are meant to be fun and inviting, things can go terribly wrong if they are not used properly. Following common sense safety rules can ensure you have safe and fun outdoor gatherings.
If you, or someone you know, have any questions regarding personal injury claims, please feel free to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys and lawyers in Charlotte, North Carolina at Arnold & Smith, PLLC for a free consultation. Call at 704-370-2828.
About the Author:
Matthew Arnold is a Managing Member with Arnold & Smith, PLLC where he focuses his practice on Personal Injury, Family Law and Business Litigation. Mr. Arnold began his career handling insurance defense litigation for several major insurance companies. He also went on to handle business litigation cases and high value mortgage fraud cases, primarily in Superior Court.
Mr. Arnold grew up in Charlotte, graduating from Providence Senior High School and continued his education at Belmont Abbey College on a basketball scholarship. After graduating cum laude he attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship. In his spare time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time on the North Carolina Coast with his wife and three young children: two daughters and one son.
“Man Dies After Explosion Near Fire Pit In Fayetteville, North Carolina Yard,” published at HuffingtonPost.com.
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