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NFPA Journal recounts stories of fires around the United States

Blog Post created by RYAN QUINN Employee on Nov 19, 2013

Firewatch_1113A 50-year-old man died of smoke inhalation and burns in a fire in a detached two-car garage in which he was living. The one-story, wood-frame garage had no smoke alarms or sprinklers.

The fire department received a 911 call at 2:02 a.m., and firefighters arrived two minutes later to find the garage engulfed in flames. The roof and walls collapsed three minutes later. Crews eventually found the victim's  in an escaping position under debris near the side door. An autopsy revealed elevated carbon monoxide and alcohol levels in his blood.

Investigators determined that smoking materials had ignited a couch and that the fire spread undetected until most of the garage's contents were ablaze.

For more accounts of fires around the United States, read Ken Tremblay's "Firewatch" in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.

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