January 4th- January 10th
Multi-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week
Fire stories this week come from several places in the USA: Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia, and Washington, and also locations around the world in Kenya, China, UAE, India, and South Korea. Several fires this week proved the importance of having an alternate exit if the stairs are not a safe option. Having a second escape route such as a ladder or other high-rise safety gear could save your life.
Tenants on the 52nd floor of a high-rise building in Abu Dhabi say their windows have spontaneously shattered, causing safety concerns among residents. Dr. Kokhar, a resident on the 52nd floor was very unnerved as her children often play by the windowsill.
A fire on the 2nd floor of a Sunbury, Pennsylvania high-rise killed one man and heavy smoke forced the evacuation of more than 100 residents. It took fire crews several hours to extinguish the flames.
At least one person was killed and several others were injured on Sunday when a six-story residential building collapsed in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi county official Tom Odongo spoke with media and claimed that the upper floors were built in quick succession, putting pressure on the lower floors. All six floors were occupied and a seventh floor was under construction.
A smoke-intensive fire forced the full evacuation of a 25-story high-rise in downtown San Diego. The fire broke out on the seventh floor and was contained thanks to quick work by firefighters.
Firefighters responded to an apartment fire in Boardman, Ohio and saw smoke coming from the third-floor windows. Before they arrived, a resident had jumped from the third floor to escape the fire and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries
One man is dead after a fire broke out in his duplex in Lehigh Acres, Florida. The fire was called "huge" by neighbors and had the home entirely engulfed in flames.