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Exactly how terrifying is a house fire for the occupants involved? A recent exposé in +The Boston Globe +answers that question in painstaking detail. The first installment in the Globe's three-part series on shortfalls in off-campus safety provides a harrowing account of a Boston house fire last year that injured firefighters and residents--many of them college students, some of them having to leap from windows to survive.
Tragically, the fire also claimed the life of Binland Lee, a 22-year-old Boston University student weeks away from graduation. The story cites building code violations and additional safety shortfalls that seem to plague Boston's off-campus housing community. While this report does not address home fire sprinklers, it does provide disturbing details that typically accompany house fires, which were responsible for close to 2,400 civilian deaths in 2012.
[I was on the scene as a Red Cross volunteer the day of Binland's passing, | http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2013/04/boston_fire_college_students.html] and this fire is one memory I haven't been able to shake. My thoughts are with her family and friends this week as they mourn a life taken too soon.