NFPA's Senior Fire Investigator and New England Regional Director, Bob Duval provides code and arson perspective in a new podcast, produced by Lohud, a news division serving Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties in the Lower Hudson Valley region of New York. The media platform is part of the USA Today Network and is owned by the Gannett Company, Inc.
Duval spoke with Lohud's Crime Scene host Jordan Fenster about fire codes, and the history of standards being established after traumatic loss in a podcast called, "The Tragic History of Fire Codes". He touches on the difficulty that investigators have piecing together clues from the rubble; and how large loss fires in schools, hotels and factories have influenced some of the most important building and life safety codes of today. Duval takes the listener on a historic fire journey that led to the adoption of codes related to sprinklers, smoke alarms, exits, and fire escapes.
During the quick and engaging exchange, Duval explains that arson makes up a small percentage of fires but typically attracts media attention because it involves a crime and is more compelling. One such case was the 1980 Stouffer's Inn Conference Center fire in Harrison, New York that killed 26. Listen and learn more about the twists and turns of this case that prompted the adoption of a statewide building and fire code in New York.