Case studies of recent fires in NFPA Journal

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jan 16, 2013

Firewatch_600A family of four escaped from their burning manufactured home through the back door but could not leave the small fenced yard because the gate was locked. Trying get the key to the gate, the man reentered the house and was just 3 feet (0.9 meters) from the back door when the ceiling collapsed on him. He died as a result of smoke inhalation and burns. Investigators determined that a string of Christmas lights on one end of the home short circuited earlier in the day, overloading the outlet into which they were plugged. The family left the lights on when they went to bed, and the overloaded wiring eventually ignited exposed paneling. For more case studies of fires, read "Firewatch" in the most recent issue of NFPA Journal.