#TBT From the NFPA Archives: Mice Caused This Fire

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Mar 2, 2017

Mice caused this firePictured: The point of origin of a fire that occurred in 1923, in a tenant manufacturing building in Everett, MA.


From the NFPA Quarterly v.17, no. 1, 1923:

"The fire started inside of a hollow wooden partition on the fifth floor. The photograph shows one side of the partition removed. Traces of mice nests and refuse brought in by mice were clearly visible after the fire. The building [was] known to be infested with mice as other hollow partitions removed after the fire disclosed mice nests similar to the one which caused the fire... Three sprinkler heads operated and extinguished the fire shortly after it broke through the partition."


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