An 84-year-old woman died and two people were injured in a fire that started when one of the occupants fell asleep while smoking in bed. The fire began in the first-floor apartment of a three-unit apartment building in Massachusetts. The three-story, wood-frame structure had local smoke alarms in each apartment, as well as interconnected, hardwired smoke detectors in all the common spaces. The building had no sprinklers. The home oxygen the occupant was using intensified the blaze.
That's the start of one of the fires profiled in "Firewatch" in the new May/June issue of NFPA Journal. "Firewatch" is a regular department that details fires around the country in a range of occupancies, including residential, health care, manufacturing, and more.