Nine firefighters who lost their lives battling a fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, South Carolina, five years ago were honored this week during a ceremony at the site. The incident was the deadliest firefighting tragedy since the attacks of September 11.
According to The Post and Courier, city officials, firefighters, and victims' families attended the somber ceremony, which included a procession and a reading of the firefighters' names. "We never thought we would lose anyone, let alone nine people," Capt. Chris Villarreal of Charleston Fire Station 9 told the newspaper.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a report in 2010 on what could have prevented the fire as well as what should be required in spaces housing combustible materials. Various NFPA codes and standards were referenced in the report. For more details on some of the findings, read the story in NFPA Journal. (The Sofa Super Store article is the third item from the top.)