There are so many ways that a sudden accident can cause an injury or death and a building fire is one of them. An unexpected fire can start through faulty wiring, defective electronics, an unattended candle or a kettle left boiling on the stove. Perhaps the biggest problem with one of these accidents, however, is the fact that most individuals unconsciously believe that a house or building fire could never happen to them.

That was not how events played out in a fire that blazed through an apartment building in Chicago this morning. The fire started at approximately 3 a.m., when most people would have been asleep. A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department said that two adults were critically injured in the blaze and four children were tragically killed. Another 50 people were displaced from their homes.

The Fatally Injured Children Were Aged 5 to 15

The deceased children ranged in ages from 5 to 15. The adults who were injured in the incident leapt from the burning apartment building's third floor to escape the fire.

Approximately 200 firefighters and rescue workers responded to put out the fire and assist with the injured and displaced residents of the building. At this time, it is too early for authorities to say how the fire may have started.

Every Household Needs a Fire Plan

No one expects to be involved in a building or house fire, but such an accident could happen to any one of us. This is why it is vital for everyone to have a fire plan for themselves and their families. Such a plan may involve keeping fire extinguishers readily at hand and maintained. It may also involve teaching one's family how to "stop, drop and roll" to put out a fire on one's clothing, or how to escape through a ground floor window in the event that a main exit is blocked.

Injured victims of house and apartment fires, and families of those who have been killed in such accidents, may wish to investigate the possibility of pursuing a personal injur or product liability claim for damages. If investigations determine that a faulty appliance, a defective home electrical system, or another person's negligence was to blame, for example, the responsible party could be held liable for damages in many cases.