A malfunctioning power strip is getting most of the media attention for causing this fire, but Fox 13 reported that “a closed door kept the fire from spreading beyond the guidance counselors’ offices, and therefore it did not reach any classrooms.” The fire reportedly caused at least $100,000 in damage even though it was contained to 2 offices and was put out by the fire department within a half hour. Imagine the damage and disruption that would have been likely if the door was open. Fire doors and even non-rated doors are important tools in fire prevention – I’m so glad fire departments are starting to recognize this.
I’ve heard of several jurisdictions recently that are enforcing the fire door inspection requirements of NFPA 80…if you’ve seen any progress on this in your area, let me know!
Video: 10 News – Tampa Bay / Sarasota
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