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NFPA offers media resources on fire tragedies filling the headlines

Video: NFPA President Jim Pauley speaks about recent fire tragedies filling the headlines. "For those of us who devote our careers to making the world safer from fire, these stories shake us to our core," he says. Read his entire statement.

Oakland blaze is the deadliest fire in a single building in more than a decade

The search continues for victims of a fire during a party on December 2, 2016, at a converted warehouse in Oakland, CA. Fire officials say recovery operations will take time as crews work to remove debris from the two-story structure.

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Information about nightclub fires
Fires in assembly occupancies have shown to be some of the most deadly when the proper features, systems and construction materials were not present. Nightclubs, theaters and auditoriums differ from office buildings because they contain a large number of people in one main space.

Fires in assembly occupancies have shown to be some of the most deadly when the proper features, systems and construction materials were not present. Nightclubs, theaters and auditoriums differ from office buildings because they contain a large number of people in one main space. NFPA code provisions mandate that a considerable number of safety systems and features be present in order to keep everyone safe should an unwanted fire occur. The level of safety provided is not the result of any single safety system or feature, but rather is achieved through the combination of multiple safeguards that are provided.


Video: NFPA President Jim Pauley provides some simple tips for you to consider before entering a building to stay safe.“We urge people to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves when they’re in public buildings like malls, theatres, entertainment arenas and restaurants. This is particularly important during the holiday season, when these types of places are often very crowded,” he said.


Other fires in the news

Tennessee wildfires have claimed 14 lives and burned more than 17,000 acres. Drought, record-breaking heat, and other weather conditions including high winds have all contributed to the region’s intense wildfires. NFPA's Lucian Deaton reminds readers and residents that, “wildfires are not just a western states issue”. Meanwhile, in Cambridge, MA, a 10-alarm fire in December 3, 2016, destroyed 16 buildings, displaced more than 100 residents, but caused no injuries. Officials say first responders were challenged by high winds, which accelerated the fire's pace and flaming debris spread.