On September 19, 1990 an early morning fire in a board and care occupancy in Bessemer, Alabama resulted in four fatalities. Fortunately, eleven residents were evacuated by the prompt actions of a 16-year-old occupant. An inadequate water supply for an installed residential sprinkler system resulted in the system not operating properly illustrating important code enforcement lessons. Had the system been properly installed and adequate water been supplied, it's likely that no loss of life would have occurred.
For the full NFPA Fire Investigation report. To learn more about NFPA's Fire Analysis and Research statistical report Structure Fires in Residential Board and Care Facilities.