Today in fire history: high-rise hotel fire on the ninth-floor kills one employee

Blog Post created by paulalevesque Employee on Sep 8, 2014

A fire in a ninth-floor room of this 11-story high-rise hotel on September 8, 1974 destroyed the room and eventually involved the nearby elevator lobby on that floor.  A motel employee who attempted to extinguish the fire was killed.  Of significance in this fire was the delayed alarm and the failure of certain fire protection devices.  The equipment that did not perform properly were doors for the exit stairway, doors to guest rooms, standpipe system, and dampers in bathroom exhaust ducts.

For more information on this hotel fire download this January 1975 Fire Journal article To read Fire Analysis and Research statistical information on High-Rise Building Fires