Deadly prison fire in Honduras featured in new issue of NFPA Journal

Published on September 12, 2012

Issue includes Waldo Canyon Fire review, stats on fire loss and catastrophic multiple-death fires, NEC 2014 items, and basement fire approach

September 12, 2012 – The latest issue of the NFPA Journal®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), analyzes the deadly Comayagua, Honduras prison fire that occurred this past February and how certain NFPA codes and standards can address potential causes of further disasters of the sort in Latin America.

The Waldo Canyon Fire was the costliest in Colorado’s history, burning over 18,000 acres and nearly 350 buildings. The NFPA Journal feature story After Waldo Canyon takes a look at what pre-mitigation lessons can be learned from the blaze.

Also featured in this issue:

  • Fire Loss in the United States During 2011 - Last year, U.S. fire departments responded to nearly 1.4 million fires, 4.4 percent more than the year before.
  • Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2011 - Last year, 23 catastrophic multiple-death fires resulted in 114 fire deaths, including 16 children under age six. An unusually high proportion of fires began with explosions.
  • How to approach a basement fire.

Read the latest digital version of the September/October 2012 NFPA Journal® with hot-linked content from the print version. The app is available through the Apple App Store.

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