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Furniture Store Fire Claims Nine Firefighters


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#1 rigel

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 07:19 AM

Nine Firefighters Die in S.C. Business Fire

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley said, "This is a tragic matter." Witnesses said the store's roof collapsed and sent debris over about two dozen rescue workers. Spectators were hit with flying ash. One man said it was "like a 30-foot tornado of flames."


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Posted 19 June 2007 - 09:58 AM

Because of the age of the building a sprinkler system was not required. The law needs to be changed to reflect the intended use of the building, in this case the materials were flammable. A proper sprinkler system could have saved these lives.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 01:16 PM

How horribly sad and my thoughts are with the victim's family and friends.

'First Response' people are often at risk while working and so often it seems that our society underappreciates and underpays these wonderful and couragous people. And how great it would be if every single building had to have sprinklers installed, whether when being built or retrofitted at a later date - huge sigh.
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 01:42 PM

Because of the age of the building a sprinkler system was not required. The law needs to be changed to reflect the intended use of the building, in this case the materials were flammable. A proper sprinkler system could have saved these lives.


TOOOO many times have I heard this reason for why someone has died and nothing has been done about it!!




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