People leaped from second- and third-story windows. Others cried for help. Someone had no choice but to toss a baby from a window.
These were the realities of a recent residential fire in Palmer, Massachusetts. Not everyone escaped with their life, however. A 53-year-old woman died in the blaze, caused by a candle in the woman's home, according to a news story by WWLP. Palmer's Fire Chief Alan Roy told the station that tenants had heard the smoke alarms, but didn't evacuate until the fire department arrived.
Roy also told a local ABC affiliate that the horrific scenario might have been avoided had sprinklers been in place. "We have sprinklered buildings throughout town," Roy told ABC. "Every sprinklered building we have, we've never had a loss of life...never."
Mirroring the sentiment of the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Roy lauds increasing sprinkler requirements in the Bay State. "It needs to happen. It really does."