RE: Reporting On Causes of Fires
The article about the fire in the Fox Court apartment building on University Ave. (D.P. 1-23-02) by John Geluardi describes a very common possible origin of fires, “either smoking material or a faulty electrical appliance.” The community at large needs to hear about specific causes of fires. I hope you will follow up with more details about how the fire ignited and spread, and specially on whether smoke detectors were operating or not, the type, in which rooms were they located, and did the occupants hear them. I have noticed that no mention has been made of smoke detectors in other recent house and apartment fires. This information would be a valuable lesson that could save lives in the future. Is there a reason for this lack of disclosure?
Architect and City Planner
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