Two deadly fires underscore impact of air flow and necessity of home fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. Two deadly fires that recently occurred in my home state of Missouri prompted this blog post. The first incident, as I understand it, involved a fire in a non-sprinklered, four-story, eight-unit, wood-frame condo built around 1980. The fire began on the fourth floor in an open wooden stairway in the center of the units. Upon smelling smoke, a well-intentioned, untrained, unprotected customer of fire-suppression services (aka the occupant) opened his front door to discover a fire involving the wooden deck of the stairway and some vinyl siding. Leaving his door open, the occupant ran to his kitchen to get a…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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