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Today in fire history: fire in board and care facility claims 7 lives

Blog Post created by RYAN QUINN Employee on Aug 31, 2011

On August 31, 1996, a fire occurred in a board and care facility located in Sainte Genevieve, Quebec. The two-story structure was occupied by 41 residents who were elderly, 7 of whom died as a result of the fire. The fire began in the closet of an occupant’s room, and fire investigators attributed the cause to smoking materials or matches.

Factors considered as having contributed to the loss of life and property included:

  • Lack of automatic fire sprinklers
  • Inadequate corridor separation
  • Delayed notification of the fire department
  • Staff response

NFPA members can download the full investigation report, and all site visitors can download a Spanish-language summary of the incident. NFPA also has reports on fires in several different kinds of health-care facilities, including a report on facilities that care for the aged (including nursing homes and residential board and care), that are free to members.

-Ben Evarts

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