Today in fire history: fire destroys two-thirds of shopping center

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Sep 20, 2011

A fire in a mall in Brunswick, Georgia on September 20, 1983 caused $11 million ($24 million in today’s dollars) in property damage.  There were minor injuries to firefighters, but no loss of life resulting from the fire.  The fire started from an electrical malfunction above the ceiling of one of the stores.  There were no fire protection systems or construction design features designed to limit the spread of fire in the building, which was in violation of the State Building Code from the time it was built.  Based on NFPA’s investigation, the following are considered to be major factors contributing to the large property loss in this fire.

  • Lack of fire detection or alarm systems
  • Lack of automatic sprinkler protection
  • Readily accessible hydrant protection was not provided around the perimeter of the shopping center

NFPA members can download the full investigation report free of charge. NFPA also has a report regarding fires in stores and other mercantile properties that is available to all site visitors.

-Ben Evarts