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NIST releases final report on Charleston Sofa Store fire

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) final report on the fire in the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, South Carolina, contains clarifications and supplemental text based on comments by organizations and individuals that responded to NIST’s draft report of the study, released for public comment on Oct. 28, 2010. The fire killed nine firefighters.The additional comments did not alter the study team’s main finding, according to NIST. The rapid spread of the fire was caused by large open spaces containing high-fuel loads of furniture, the inward rush of air that followed the breaking of windows, and the absence of sprinklers.Among the 11 recommendations...

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