Houston Fire Department Arson investigators have determined that a child playing with a lighter on a couch caused a fire to a northwest Houston home this morning.
The Houston Fire Department was dispatched to the house fire in the 400 block of East 43rd Street in northwest Houston just after 9 a.m. this morning. Firefighters arrived on scene within three minutes and found light smoke coming from the home. A resident informed firefighters that his son was still in the home and he was not able to find him. Firefighters conducted a primary search and found the child. The child was alert and transported to the hospital. Approximately 35 firefighters responded to the incident which was quickly tapped out.
The child has been referred to the HFD FireStoppers Program. The FireStoppers' goal is to provide the proper education and any other needed intervention for each child that has played with or has set fires to stop the firesetting before it leads to further injury, death, homeless families or problems with the law. Firestoppers tries to turn the event of firesetting into a positive opportunity for education and assistance.
Concerned parents, teachers, members of social services and the Houston Fire Department all refer youths to try to cease their firesetting behavior. This free program is for children 2 to 17 years of age. Parents concerned that they may be judged as poor parents or seen as over-reacting, do not need to worry because the purpose of the program is to provide education for the child and family's safety. For more information, citizens may call 713-247-8826.