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Fire forced John Kor, his girlfriend, and others from Kor's home within minutes of noticing the flames. Finding a sense of normalcy after the incident won't be as brief.
Kor, 33, and those involved in the August 15 fire in Rapid City, South Dakota, are experiencing the aftermath felt my thousands of others across North America each year. In 2013 alone, there were more than 369,000 reported home structure fires that resulted 2,800 deaths, 12,000 injuries, and nearly $7 billion in direct property damage, according to NFPA. An added component to this data is the excruciating pain of picking up the pieces after these tragedies.
Kor and the others home at the time at the fire weren't injured, but his home was badly damaged and deemed "uninhabitable" when the story first appeared in the +Rapid City Journal.+ "We were able to get some clothes out of there, but a lot was lost," house guest Lonnie Weeg told the paper. Kor's girlfriend added that the experience has made her intimately aware of fire's fierceness. "As soon as we got back to my house, we checked the fire detectors and changed things around a bit."
For more on this story and how a disaster volunteer is looking to limit these tragedies by pitching for home fire sprinklers, visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.