Leadership

FIFETEEN CHILDREN PERISH IN FIRE IN SCHOOLHOUSE BUILT TO BURN

Issue 5 and Volume 107.

FIFETEEN CHILDREN PERISH IN FIRE IN SCHOOLHOUSE BUILT TO BURN Fast Spread of Blaze in One-Story Structure Reported Caused By Open Doors FIFTEEN children died as a result of a fire that swept a one-story frame annex of the Cleveland Hill Elementary School, Mapleview Drive, Cheektowaga, N. Y., shortly before noon, March 31st, last. Many other students and several adults suffered serious burns and other injuries. Although four separate investigating agencies have not as yet issued a report on the cause, sufficient evidence exists to determine the main contributing factors in the tragedy. The first is the use of a highly combustible frame structure, long “unstopped” hallway, for school purposes; second, permitting storage of combustibles on the same floor with, or near the classrooms; third, lack of comprehensive inspections and fire drills; fourth, failure to provide sufficient safe, easy means of exit for pupils, and last but not least, lack…

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